Wednesday, March 15, 2017

St. Therese: Happy To Be Weak And Little

O Jesus, Your little bird is happy to be weak 
and little. What would become of it if it were big? 
Never would it have the boldness to appear in Your presence, 
to fall asleep in front of you.

~ St. Therese of Lisieux

Saturday, November 19, 2016

St. Therese of Lisieux: In Heaven with Grateful Hearts

It is God's Will that in this world souls shall dispense to each other, by prayer, the treasures of Heaven, in order that when they reach their Everlasting Home they may love one another with grateful hearts.

- St. Therese of Lisieux

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

St. Therese on Love and Time

Love can supply for length of years. Jesus, because He is Eternal, regards not the time but only the love.

- St. Therese of Lisieux

Monday, November 14, 2016

St. Therese of Lisieux: Wonders for Me

Yes, the Lord will work wonders for me, which will infinitely surpass my immeasurable desires. 

- St. Therese of Lisieux

St. Therese: Little Souls

Jesus, I want to tell all little souls of the wonder of your love. 

- St. Therese of Lisieux

Sunday, June 28, 2015

St. Therese: Why God Has Preferences

I had wondered for a long time why God had preferences and why all souls did not receive an equal amount of grace. I was astonished to see how He showered extraordinary favours on saints who had sinned against Him, saints such as St. Paul and St. Augustine. He forced them, as it were, to accept His graces. I was just as astonished when I read the lives of saints to see that Our Lord cherished certain favoured souls from the cradle to the grave and never allowed any kind of obstacle to check their flight towards Him. He bestowed such favours on them that they were unable to tarnish the spotless splendour of their baptismal robe. I also wondered why such vast numbers of poor savages died before they had even heard the name of God.

Jesus saw fit to enlighten me about this mystery. He set the book of nature before me and I saw that all the flowers He has created are lovely. The splendour of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. I realised that if every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness and there would be no wild flowers to make the meadows gay.

It is just the same in the world of souls— which is the garden of Jesus. He has created the great saints who are like the lilies and the roses, but He has also created much lesser saints and they must be content to be the daisies or the violets which rejoice His eyes whenever He glances down. Perfection consists in doing His will, in being that which He wants us to be.

I also understood that God’s love shows itself just as well in the simplest soul which puts up no resistance to His grace as it does in the loftiest soul. Indeed, as it is love’s nature to humble itself, if all souls were like those of the holy doctors who have illumined the Church with the light of their doctrine, it seems that God would not have stooped low enough by entering their hearts. But God has created the baby who knows nothing and can utter only feeble cries. He has created the poor savage with no guide but natural law, and it is to their hearts that He deigns to stoop. They are His wild flowers whose homeliness delights Him. By stooping down to them, He manifests His infinite grandeur. The sun shines equally both on cedars and on every tiny flower. In just the same way God looks after every soul as if it had no equal. All is planned for the good of every soul, exactly as the seasons are so arranged that the humblest daisy blossoms at the appointed time. 

- St. Therese of Lisieux, from her autobiography


Sunday, March 29, 2015

St. Therese of Lisieux: Love, Not Fear

Your soul is called to raise itself to God by the elevator of love and not to climb the rough stairway of fear. 

- St. Therese of Lisieux

Monday, November 17, 2014

St. Therese of Lisieux: God's Will

"It is God's Will that in this world souls shall dispense to each other, by prayer, the treasures of Heaven, in order that when they reach their Everlasting Home they may love one another with grateful hearts."

- St. Therese of Lisieux

St. Therese of Lisieux: How Good Jesus Is!

"How good our Jesus is. How loving and tender. How easy it is to touch His Heart."

- St. Therese of Lisieux

St. Therese of Lisieux: A Thought on Heaven

One phase of heaven causes my heart to beat faster... the love that I receive and shall be able to give.

- St. Therese of Lisieux