For this MMM on the feast of Thérèse of Lisieux, “Little Flower of Jesus” and Doctor of the Church, I thought it appropriate to draw a connection between Thérèse and Marshall McLuhan. That connection is found in all the great saints and Catholic minds.
Reading Thérèse’s autobiography, we notice straightaway her style: drawing simple connections between everything in creation.
And just as in nature all the seasons are arranged in such a way as to make the humblest daisy bloom on a set day, in the same way, everything works out for the good of each soul.
In “McLuhan as Teacher,” an essay by Fr. Walter J. Ong, S.J., the Jesuit describes McLuhan:
He had absorbed the Catholic sense of at-homeness in the human lifeworld and the entire universe. He took for granted that everything in creation hangs together through all levels and that probing all connections is worthwhile.
I think that’s a mindset we should all cultivate. Don’t you?
By the way, two of Ontarios’s Catholic schools are Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary and St. Theresa Catholic Secondary (named for Thérèse of Lisieux). I sure hope those two are now joyfully exchanging poetic lines. Happy ‘Little Way’ Day, everyone!