mercredi, octobre 03, 2007

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

October 3rd is the Feast of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
This is an occasion to meditate on her words and to ask God to give us the same simplicity of soul that Little Flower had.


Charity


True Charity consists in bearing with all the defects of our neighbor, in not being surprised at his failings, and in being edified by his least virtues; Charity must not remain shut up in the depths of the heart, for no man lighteth a candle and putteth it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house. (Cf. Matthew 5:15). It seems to me that this candle represents the Charity which ought to enlighten and make joyful, not only those who are dearest to me, but all who are in the house.



When Charity is deeply rooted in the soul it shows itself exteriorly: there is so gracious a way of refusing what we cannot give, that the refusal pleases as much as the gift.


Faith


He whose Heart ever watcheth, taught me, that while for a soul whose faith equals but a tiny grain of mustard seed, He works miracles, in order that this faith which is so weak may be fortified; yet for His intimate friends, for His Mother, He did not work miracles until He had put their faith to test. Did He not let Lazarus die through Martha and Mary had sent to tell Him that he was sick? At the marriage at Cana, the Blessed Virgin having asked Him to come to the assistance of the master of the house, did He not reply that His hour was not yet come? But after the trial, what a recompense! Water changed to wine, Lazarus restored to life...


Hope
A sister showed her a photograph representing Joan of Arc consoled in the prison by her Voices. Saint Therese said: "I too am consoled by an interior voice. The Saints encourage me from above, they say to me: 'So long as thou art in fetters thou canst not fulfill thy mission; but later, after thy death - then will be the time of thy conquests'."
A day...an hour...and we shall have reached the port! My God, what shall we see then? What is that life which will never have an end?...Jesus will be the Soul of our soul. Unfathomable mystery! "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man what great things God hath prepared for them that love him." (1 Corinthians 2:9). And this will all come soon - yes, very soon, if we ardently love Jesus.

5 commentaires:

Anonyme a dit…

"When Charity is deeply rooted in the soul it shows itself exteriorly: there is so gracious a way of refusing what we cannot give, that the refusal pleases as much as the gift."

Exquisite. Thank you.
SEPB

Anonyme a dit…

"When Charity is deeply rooted in the soul it shows itself exteriorly: there is so gracious a way of refusing what we cannot give, that the refusal pleases as much as the gift."

I know of a very good and holy priest who is an excellent example of this degree of Charity. ~Deo Gratias~

Thank you for this entry Abbe.
SEPB

wifeypoo a dit…

I am only beginning to plumb the depths of St. Theresa, the Little Flower. Her simplicity and complete abandonment to the love of God is awesome. In all humility I pray for a glimmer of this in my own life.
Thankyou for this entry, Father.

CRTMS

Anonyme a dit…

I am only beginning to plumb the depths of St. Theresa, the Little Flower. As a child, I only thought of her as this "unearthly being who would send Roses down from Heaven".
Her Charity and Love of God has only begun to become apparent to me as I try very humbly to grow in the Love of God.
Thankyou for this little bit of writing about and by her.
CRTMS

poetbdk a dit…

I have a couple more pictures of St. Therese dressed as St. Joan posted at:
http://www.maidofheaven.com/joanofarc_st_therese.asp

Let me know what you think about the picture with the crosses in her eyes. It is pretty amazing.

Blessings!