Restoring the Sacred

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Words of Relevance: St. Therese of Lisieux

Today's quote is from The Story of a Soul, the autobiography of Therese of Lisieux, "The Little Flower," about whom Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said:

“Theresa received permission to enter the Carmel of Lisieux at the tender age of fifteen. Her name in religion – Sister Theresa of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face – expresses the heart of her spirituality, centered on the contemplation of God’s love revealed in the mysteries of the Incarnation and Redemption.

 In imitation of Christ, Theresa sought to be little in all things and to seek the salvation of the world. Taken ill in her twenty-third year, she endured great physical suffering in union with the crucified Lord; she also experienced a painful testing of faith which she offered for the salvation of those who deny God. 

By striving to embody God’s love in the smallest things of life, Theresa found her vocation to be "love in the heart of the Church". May her example and prayers help us to follow "the little way of trust and love" in spiritual childhood, abandoning ourselves completely to the love of God and the good of souls.”

Here's the quote:

"I realized thoroughly that joy is not found in the things which surround us, but lives only in the soul.  One could possess it as well in an obscure prison as in the palace of a king."

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