It is the feast of St. Therese, the Little Flower, and she is one of those saints (Padre Pio being another) who loves to do much more than send favors from heaven. She actually prefers to come down personally to deliver the Love of God that is her greatest gift.
So have you collected? Have you cashed in on this feast? Have you been inundated with roses yet?
In case you haven’t, or if perhaps you simply can’t get your fill of the good, the true, and the beautiful, here for your delectation is a feast of good words from our sister Therese, a veritable shower of truth and wisdom. Since she is a Doctor of the Church, her words carry weight beyond the usual, and as you let them sink into your mind and heart, she would have them replace any old and careworn notions about God that fail to take into account His infinite love, and that He is infinite Love.
- 1. Jesus does not demand great actions, but simply surrender and gratitude.
- 2. He alone disposes the events of our life of exile . . . It is the hand of Jesus that guides everything.
- 3. I assure you that the good Lord is much kinder than you can imagine. He is satisfied with a glance, with a sigh of love.
- 4. In spite of all obstacles, God accomplishes what He wills. . . . The work I had been unable to do in ten years was done by Jesus in one instant . . .
- 5. We can never have too much confidence in the good God who is so mighty and so merciful. We obtain from Him as much as we hope for.
- 6. God knows our weakness. He remembers that we are but dust. As a father is tender toward his children, so is the Lord compassionate towards us.
- 7. God is too good, too generous to give His favors meagerly.
- 8. Your arms, my Jesus, are the elevator which will take me up to Heaven. There is no need for me to grow up; on the contrary, I must stay little, and become more and more so.
- 9. Jesus will come for us, however far away we may be from Him, and will set us afire with His love.
- 10. I will spend my heaven in doing good upon earth. Do not the angels take care of us while still enjoying the Beatific Vision?
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I love these wise words, but then, too, our sister can be so funny and so very clever! Her cousin in the convent, Sister Marie (Guerin) of the Eucharist, asked the dying Therese to obtain great graces for her once Therese was in heaven. Therese responded:
“Oh! when I am in heaven, I will do very many things, great things . . . It is impossible that it is not God who has given me this desire; I am sure He will answer me! And also, when I am up there, I will follow you closely!”
To which Marie replied that this would frighten her! But her cousin (our sister) had the perfect answer:
“Does your guardian angel frighten you? He follows you nevertheless, all the time. Well, I will follow you in the same way, and even closer! I won’t let anything pass you.”
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