Yet she's known around the world today.
Therese of Lisieux.
Small but mighty. Quietly humble in a way that's loud and clear. Though I learned about her as a child, it has only been in the past few years that I've come to develop a deeper admiration for her...a friendship with her. In her own words, she is truly "my sister and my friend."
In January, I had the incredible experience to visit the obscure town of Lisieux, France. When I bought my train ticket in Paris, they didn't even know the town. (Of course, that could have been due to my hopelessly American accent!) It was a crazy adventure all by myself, but full of grace and power and lasting memory. When I arrived home and was perusing books to review, I was delighted to find Three Gifts of Therese of Lisieux, by Patrick Ahern. How perfect!
Ready for some pearls?
"Most of us experience fervent feelings at least occasionally, and some of us do so often. The point Therese makes is that holy feelings do not make us holy. What makes us holy is clinging to God's Will even when the lights go off, persevering in prayer even when prayer is dry and distracted."
"Therese never taught us to seek suffering. What she taught us to do was simply to love life the way it is and ourselves the way we are, to love what she called our 'littleness.'"
" [when dying of tuberculosis] 'If I did not suffer minute by minute it would be impossible, but I see only the present moment. I forget the past and take good care not to anticipate the future.' She had long ago learned that the present moment is the only place where peace and strength are found."
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