St. Therese of Lisieux otherwise known as “Little Flower” was a wonderful image of Christian piety.
As a young girl Therese had an incredibly soft heart. Any inner wall she built to contain her wild emotions crumpled immediately before the tiniest comment. In fact even if Therese imagined that someone was criticizing her or didn’t appreciate her, she burst into tears. Then she would cry because she had cried!
This soft heart though fond great favor with the Lord.
As Therese began to grow up she wondered how she could be like the great Saints discussed in the Church. With her soft heart and small demeanor she knew she must become a nun!
In the convent Therese took it upon herself to sacrifice, no matter how small it would seem. She smiled at the sisters she didn’t like. She ate everything she was given without complaining — so that she was often given the worst leftovers. One time she was accused of breaking a vase when she was not at fault. Instead of arguing she sank to her knees and begged forgiveness. These little sacrifices cost her more than bigger ones, for these went unrecognized by others. No one told her how wonderful she was for these little secret humiliations and good deeds.
Since most of Therese’s sisters were also nuns at the convent many began to believe the convent would be taken over by the family. It was at this point that the prioress asked for the ultimate sacrifice from poor Therese. The prioress asked Therese to forever remain a novice, in order to allay the fears of the others that the three sisters would push everyone else around. This meant she would never be a fully professed nun, that she would always have to ask permission for everything she did.
It was in these actions that Therese began to discover her way of being with God. In reading the holy scripture “Whosoever is a little one, come to me.” Therese found her calling: She would stay little and become less and less so Jesus could be more and more.
“Charity gave me the key to my vocation. I understood that the Church had a Heart and that this Heart was burning with love. I understood that Love comprised all vocations, that Love was everything, that it embraced all times and places…in a word, that it was eternal! Then in the excess of my delirious joy, I cried out: O Jesus, my Love…my vocation, at last I have found it…My vocation is Love!”
St. Therese never wrote any great theological treatises in fact much of what we know of her spiritual life is from her journal which became “The Story of a Soul”. Yet Therese discovered a great truth. One is not suppose to be like others. One is suppose to find their unique identity with God. In finding oneself one can discover the ethos of their own life, much how little Therese found her “Little way” to God.
Search and be brave in finding your true self with God. Then find your special way in which to shine forth not only with your light but with almighty Gods.
You will do amazing things and will be happier than ever knowing who exactly you are and knowing you are absolutely amazing.
Thanks to Catholic Online for the information and the inspiration for this write-up 🙂