Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Yesterday, we were able to celebrate the Feast of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower. Pope Saint John Paul II once said: "Thérèse is the youngest of all the "doctors of the Church" , but her ardent spiritual journey shows such maturity, and the insights of faith expressed in her writings are so vast and profound that they deserve a place among the great spiritual masters." In this reflection, let us ponder and pray with her via her own words.

"Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love."

"Our Lord does not so much look at the greatness of our actions, or even at their difficulty, as at the love with which we do them."

"I understood that love comprises all vocations – that love is everything, and because it is eternal, embraces all times and places."

"To live in love is to sail forever, spreading seeds of joy and peace in hearts."

"Kindness is my only guiding star.  In its light, I sail a straight route, I have my motto written on my sail: 'To live in love.'"

"Let us love, since that is what our hearts were made for."

"Love can accomplish all things.  Things that are most impossible become easy where love is at work."

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, pray for us.

(Originally published 2 October 2020)