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St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin, Doctor of the Church (1st October)

posted Sep 30, 2016, 11:00 PM by Church of the Risen Christ   [ updated Oct 8, 2016, 8:40 AM ]
What is it about St Therese that thunders greatness? In her struggles in the spiritual life and its emptiness, she teaches us a new song of life. God triumphed within her because Therese had grown into a loving relationship with God. In spite of her spiritual desert in her final hours and in the absence of the Beloved and in her inability to utter any word of prayer, she continued without words saying “I just love him.” Love was at the center of St Therese’s vocation at Carmel though it wasn’t smooth sailing, Therese would often consult Sacred Scripture to conform her heart to love towards her sisters and sought to seek the truth and live it.

Therese’s Little Way is more than just a teaching. It’s a way of life living in the presence of God in humility allowing God to work in us in spite of our own imperfections and powerlessness in doing so she allowed the Lord to work in her greatly. The Little Way of St Therese is daily living in God’s presence and trusting in his mercy and love which transcends our fears and struggles. It also teaches us to live in the present moment trusting that God would hold our future in the palm of his hand. This sentiment is encapsulated in the fourth stanza of her poem entitled “Just For Today” where she writes: “Lord, what does it matter if the future is gloomy? -Oh pray for tomorrow, oh no, I cannot! Keep my heart pure, cover me with your shadow Just for today.”

May St Therese of Lisieux in her Little Way guide us towards perfect fulfillment of God’s will in our lives and enable us to trust in His love and mercy. Amen. St Therese of Lisieux, pray for us!

~ Andrew Lee, Media Team

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