St. Thérèse: My Soul Mate


In her short life – she was only twenty-four when she died – St. Thérèse of Lisieux discovered profound truths, truths that I have stumbled on as well. Thérèse is my soul mate, perhaps the soul mate of many mothers.

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St. Thérèse’s entire name as a Carmelite nun was “Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face.” Her quiet, hidden life of devotion to the spirit of childlike trust in God and her love for Christ as suffering servant of God have revitalized the life of the faithful. Her teaching of the “little way” of offering to God. is simple and powerful.
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Michael O’Brien

St Thérèse of the Child Jesus  and the Holy Face (1873-1897)

Everything is a grace.

Everything is the direct effect of our Father’s love – difficulties, contradictions, humiliations, all the soul’s miseries, her burdens, her needs – everything.

Because through them she learns humility, realizes her weakness.

Everything is a grace because everything is God’s gift.

I ha8072b114a7e961486c18d871e6e04e11ve discovered that my spirituality is very similar to that of St. Thérèse the Little Flower probably because I have lived with children under the age of 18 for 33 years.

I think that many mothers can relate to this saint as well. She lived the little way like all people who are not rich and famous but want to serve God their loving Father through their littleness and simplicity. She chose to stay as a child in

She chose to stay as a child in the eyes of God, performing all of her duties with love and obedience, no matter how small and insignificant they were.

Matthew 18:3: and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

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Edgar Maxence (French, 1871-1954)

 

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I like to say that a child, frog, and tree are holy because they are who they called to be without a mask or false persona or large ego.

While St. Thérèse said the same thing but in different words,  “Holiness consists simply in doing God’s will, and being just what God wants us to be.”

I pray now by simply resting in Him, looking into the light and His eyes and He looks at me. I smile. He smiles and immediately fills me with a surge of joy

St. Thérèse said, “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look towards Heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” 

“I say nothing to him; I love him”

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eb542ca9afa9f90b6f3644b2b4585d5e25 years ago God told me

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BUILD MY CHURCH ON EARTH

WITH ALL YOUR RUNNING AROUND.

YOU ARE HINDERING ME,
NOT HELPING ME
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ALL I WANT
ALL I NEED
IS FOR YOU TO STAND AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS
AND ALLOW THE FIRE OF MY SON’S LOVE
TO TRANSFORM YOU INTO HIS PRESENCE ON EARTH.
THEN YOU WILL BE BUILDING MY CHURCH

St. Thérèse would understand these words for she said, “Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.”

 He burns with the desire to come into your heart… go without fear to receive the Jesus of peace and love…”

“Trust and trust alone should lead us to love”

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