whispered love
st therese de lisieux

 

 

 

Susannah: To tell the truth, I knew nothing of St. Thérèse so I've been reading about her today. How she is known for her "way of confidence and love", commonly known as "The Little Way". She realized that it was not necessary to accomplish heroic acts, or "great deeds", to express her love of God. I like these words of hers in particular: "How am I to show my love? Great deeds are forbidden me. The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love." "I see that it is enough to recognize one's nothingness and to abandon oneself, like a child, into God's arms." It reminds me of Brother Lawrence.

Michael: Oh, you would *love* St. Therese! She is beautiful, truly one of my favorites, and upon her intercession I rely frequently. She famously described what she referred to as the "little way," how not everyone is called to serve God in ways that the world considers great and big, but rather are called to serve Him in constant little acts of love and devotion.

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I decided I needed to read her book 'Story of a Soul'. She reminded me of Brother Lawrence and 'Practising the Presence of God'. It was really helpful the way certain people encouraged me. Michael had been instrumental in persuading me to read Thomas Merton's 'Seven Storey Mountain'. He was also the person who first mentioned Therese to me. Little did I know that a few days later I would be wearing her ring, handed down through her family to a teaching colleague of mine. And when I read 'Story of a Soul' it had a huge impact on my life. I believe God sometimes arranges events in little sequences like that...

...because God is gentle, and understanding, and cares about us in detail, and sends people to cross paths in our lives or walk alongside us on our journeys. Michael wrote (above) that he relied upon Therese's intercession frequently. I believe in the fellowship and intercession of the saints too, and although in many ways I feel I am different to Therese, I have sensed her help and intercession as well. These things are hard to understand or explain.

 

 

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