When God Seems Hidden

A Meditation Novena in the Footsteps of St. Thérèse

written by Fr. Todd Arsenault, LC

The experience of not seeing Christ or of feeling distant from Christ can be one that affects all of us. We wonder, ‘why is Jesus keeping his face from me?’ or ‘I feel forgotten!’. These are real sensations that we can experience. It isn’t immediately easy to understand or comprehend what is happening to us or within us. Yet, the Lord allows all for a purpose.

Using stories, Scripture, and St Thérèse of Lisieux’s Story of a Soul, this novena of meditations is meant to strengthen the spiritual muscles of our faith and trust in God’s providence, mercy, and loving friendship.

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Meet Fr. Todd Arsenault, LC

Fr Todd Arsenault, originally from Prince Edward Island, Canada, is from a family of five having two younger sisters. At 23 years of age, he joined the Legion of Christ in Cheshire, Connecticut in July 1994, did his seminary formation in the USA & Canada, and finally in Rome, Italy, where he was ordained to the priesthood December 24, 2005, by Norberto Cardinal Rivera, Archbishop Emeritus of Mexico City, at the chapel of the Legionaries of Christ International College.

From 2006-2009, he ministered in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Canada, and in Syracuse, New York, with the groups of men and young men in Regnum Christi (RC) and from 2010-2020 served full-time in the GTA assisting the RC men’s and women’s sections, offering spiritual direction, preaching retreats, young adult ministry, couple formation groups and occasionally, ministry in parishes. Since September 2020, Fr Todd has been in the Community of Priest Students in Rome studying a two-year licentiate degree in Spiritual Theology. He will graduate in June 2022.

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