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10 Things to Learn From the Writings of St. Therese, The Little Flower

Sep 30, 2017 By Catherine McManamon

St. Therese of Lisieux, also known as "The Little Flower," is the third woman to be declared a Doctor of the Church.

She is best known for her "little way"–which is to seek sanctity in everyday life by doing small things with great love. She is, arguably, the most beloved modern saint; her writings are timeless lessons on how to love God with one’s whole heart in the simple pattern of the daily life. She teaches us how to suffer in Him, with Him, and through Him, in great love.

Here are 10 quotes from St. Therese on how one is able to incorporate sanctification in the "little things" in life.

1. ON THE GLORY OF GOD

The faith and confidence of yours which never wavers will one day have their reward–a glorious one. Be quite sure that God will bless you and that the depths of your suffering will be matched by the consolation reserved for you.

2. ON THE GRACE OF GOD

Jesus said: "If ever a man is rich, gifts will be made to Him, and his riches will abound." For every grace I made good use of, He gave me many more.

3. ON HOLY COMMUNION

Our Lord does not come down from Heaven every day to lie in a golden ciborium. He comes to find another heaven which is infinitely dearer to Him—the heaven of our souls.

4. ON MORTIFICATION

When I speak of mortification, I don't mean the kind the kind of penance practiced by saints. There are great souls who practice every sort of mortification from childhood, but I am not like any of them. All I did was to break my self-will, check a hasty reply, and do little kindnesses without making a fuss about them—and lots of similar things.

5. ON RUNNING AFTER JESUS

Since Jesus has gone to Heaven, I can follow Him only by the traces He has left. But how radiant and how fragrant these traces are! I have only to glance at the Holy Gospels and at once I breathe the fragrance of His life and know which way to run.

6. ON LOVE

"For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?" [Matthew 5:46, RSV] Do not even sinners love those that love them? It is not enough to love. We must prove that we do. We naturally like to please a friend, but that is not charity, for so do sinners.

7. ON HOLINESS

Holiness is not a matter of any one particular method of spirituality: it is a disposition of the heart that makes us small and humble within the arms of God, aware of our weaknesses, but almost rashly confident in His Fatherly goodness.

8. ON CONFIDENCE IN HIS MERCY

O Jesus, I feel that if You found a soul feebler than mine—though that's impossible—You would delight in heaping even greater favors on it, if it abandoned itself with supreme confidence to Your infinite mercy.

9. ON PRAYER

For me, prayer means launching out from the heart toward God; a cry of grateful love from the crest of joy or the trough of despair: it is a vast supernatural force that opens out my heart and binds me close to Jesus.

10. ON HELPING SOULS

All my strength lies in prayer and sacrifice. They are invincible weapons, and I know, by experience, that they can soften the heart much better than words.

These excerpts by St. Therese were taken from Mornings with Saint Therese.

Comments

Carl
Carl says
Aug 4 2018 4:34PM
Hail Therese: Blessed Virgin Little Flower of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, Mirror of Purity, Pray for Us. Your Mercy, Your Grace, I beg of Thee. Amen
Sonja Sampson
Sonja Sampson says
Jun 8 2018 7:30PM
Ever since we met I have known your love.Please continue to guide me into his heavenly arms
Mrs. Nancy Weisgarber
Mrs. Nancy Weisgarber says
May 20 2018 10:37AM
Beautiful Devout to Christ,

What St. Therese Taught me her child of loving and serving God.

Please pray for me that I have a humbly heart bring me closer to God.

Nancy Weisgarber
Roselima perera
Roselima perera says
Mar 28 2018 2:24AM
I love you St. Therese, you the Jesus little rose flower. Pray for me to love God more and more. Be with me always. Interfere for souls with no help.
Mark
Mark says
Mar 7 2018 2:58PM
Thank you for seeking me out with signal graces, before I even knew about you..... please pray for me and Stacy (my future wife)

Love,

Mark
Anita Hoban
Anita Hoban says
Jan 28 2018 2:58PM
St Therese please pray for my whole family
Karin
Karin says
Jan 26 2018 9:23PM
Thank you dear St Therese you seeked me out and you chose to be my Saint and every so often you send me a signal even I cannot fail to notice. I love you and pray for me and my family to the Lord please
Rose Frey
Rose Frey says
Jan 26 2018 2:56PM
I have smelled her roses 3times in my years of 79
Marabeth Kuhn
Marabeth Kuhn says
Jan 26 2018 2:45PM
A great rememberance that little things do matter,that I should remember to do them quietly.
Helen
Helen says
Oct 4 2017 12:15AM
WhenIm feeling like I’ll never be worthy of Jesus love, I remember St. Therese said” Do small things with great love.”

Thank you Little Flower for imparting holiness and wisdom.

Helen
Hazel molina
Hazel molina says
Oct 3 2017 12:23PM
St There's pray for me.
Saint Therese of Liseux please for us.
Susan Akande
Susan Akande says
Oct 3 2017 4:21AM
I love this woman and I envy her love for Christ infact I'm terrified about how she so let go of everything because of this love. I pray I will reach this height of love before I die
Kathleen Katsouris
Kathleen Katsouris says
Oct 3 2017 2:09AM
Beautiful.

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