St Therese Quotes

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The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.
Thérèse de Lisieux
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.
Thérèse de Lisieux
For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.
Thérèse de Lisieux
Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.
Thérèse de Lisieux
The closer one approaches to God, the simpler one becomes.
Teresa of Ávila
If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.
Thérèse de Lisieux
When I die, I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens,I will spend my heaven by doing good on earth.
Thérèse de Lisieux
It's true, I suffer a great deal--but do I suffer well? That is the question.
Thérèse de Lisieux (St. Therese of Lisieux: Her Last Conversations)
I know now that true charity consists in bearing all our neighbors'defects--not being surprised at their weakness, but edified at their smallest virtues.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul (l'Histoire d'une Ame): The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux)
Trust and trust alone should lead us to love
Thérèse de Lisieux (Collected Letters of St Therese of Lisieux)
My whole strength lies in prayer and sacrifice, these are my invincible arms; they can move hearts far better than words, I know it by experience.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Little Way for Every Day: Thoughts from Therese of Lisieux)
It is better to leave each one in his own opinion than to enter into arguments.
Thérèse de Lisieux
Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you- for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart… don’t listen to the demon, laugh at him, and go without fear to receive the Jesus of peace and love…
Thérèse de Lisieux
i can nourish myself on nothing but truth
Thérèse de Lisieux
A soul in a state of grace has nothing to fear of demons who are cowards.
Thérèse de Lisieux
And it is the Lord, it is Jesus, Who is my judge. Therefore I will try always to think leniently of others, that He may judge me leniently, or rather not at all, since He says: "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
If a little flower could speak, it seems to me that it would tell us quite simply all that God has done for it, without hiding any of its gifts. It would not, under the pretext of humility, say that it was not pretty, or that it had not a sweet scent, that the sun had withered its petals,or the storm bruised its stem, if it knew that such were not the case.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
In order that love be fully satisfied, It is necessary that It lower Itself and that It lower Itself to nothingness and transform this nothingness into fire.
Teresa of Ávila
For me, prayer is an aspiration of the heart, it is a simple glance directed to heaven, it is a cry of gratitude and love in the midst of trial as well as joy; finally it is something great, supernatural, which expands my soul and unites me to Jesus.
Thérèse de Lisieux
A word or a smile is often enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul.
St. Therese Lisieux
when something painful or disagreeable happens to me, instead of a melancholy look, I answer by a smile. At first I did not always succeed, but now it has become a habit which I am glad to have acquired.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux)
I am convinced that one should tell one's spiritual director if one has a great desire for Communion, for Our Lord does not come from Heaven every day to stay in a golden ciborium; He comes to find another heaven, the heaven of our soul in which He loves to dwell.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story Of A Soul: The Autobiography Of St. Therese Of Lisieux)
Go often to Holy Communion. Go very often! This is your one remedy.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Letters of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
the brilliance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not lessen the perfume of the violet or the sweet simplicity of the daisy.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux)
joy is not found in the things which surround us, but lives only in the soul.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux (annotated)
Just as the sun shines on all the trees and flowers as if each were the only one on earth, so does God care for all souls in a special manner.
Thérèse de Lisieux
That beautiful day passed just as the saddest ones do, since the most radiant of days has a tomorrow.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
Jesus does not demand great actions from us, but simply surrender and gratitude.
Thérèse de Lisieux
Ah! How contrary are the teachings of Jesus to the feelings of nature! Without the help of His grace it would be impossible not only to put them into practice, but to even understand them.
Thérèse de Lisieux
It is wrong to pass one’s time in fretting, instead of sleeping on the Heart of Jesus.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul)
to dedicate oneself as a Victim of Love is not to be dedicated to sweetness and consolations; it is to offer oneself to all that is painful and bitter, because Love lives only by sacrifice and the more we would surrender ourselves to Love, the more we must surrender ourselves to suffering
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
by humiliation alone can Saints be made,
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux)
Another time I was working in the laundry, and the Sister opposite, while washing handkerchiefs, repeatedly splashed me with dirty water. My first impulse was to draw back and wipe my face, to show the offender I should be glad if she would behave more quietly; but the next minute I thought how foolish it was to refuse the treasures God offered me so generously, and I refrained from betraying my annoyance. On the contrary, I made such efforts to welcome the shower of dirty water, that at the end of half an hour I had taken quite a fancy to this novel kind of aspersion, and I resolved to come as often as I could to the happy spot where such treasures were freely bestowed.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
also understood that there are many degrees of holiness, that each soul is free to respond to the calls of Our Lord, to do much or little for His Love—in a word, to choose amongst the sacrifices He asks.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux (annotated)
is more profitable to leave everyone to his way of thinking than to give way to contentious discourses.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul)
How can a heart given up to human affections be closely united to God? It seems to me that it is impossible. I have seen so many souls, allured by this false light, fly right into it like poor moths, and burn their wings, and then return, wounded, to Our Lord, the Divine fire which burns and does not consume.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul (L'Histoire d'une Âme): The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux)
I said before, that I have learnt much by guiding others. In the first place I see that all souls have more or less the same battles to fight, and on the other hand, that one soul differs widely from another, so each must be dealt with differently.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux)
I understand and I know from experience that: 'The kingdom of God is within you.' Jesus has no need of books or teachers to instruct souls; He teaches without the noise of words. Never have I heard Him speak, but I feel that He is within me at each moment; He is guiding and inspiring me with what I must say and do. I find just when I need them certain lights that I had not seen until then, and it isn't most frequently during my hours of prayer that these are most abundant but rather in the midst of my daily occupations.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul - the Autobiography of St. Therese, the Little Flower)
My God, I choose everything, I will not be a Saint by halves, I am not afraid of suffering for Thee, I only fear one thing, and that is to do my own will. Accept the offering of my will, for I choose all that Thou willest.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux (annotated)
Then, beside myself with joy, I cried out: "O Jesus, my Love, at last I have found my vocation. My vocation is love! Yes, I have found my place in the bosom of the Church, and this place, O my God, Thou hast Thyself given to me: in the heart of the Church, my Mother, I will be LOVE! . . .
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux)
A brother who's helped by a brother is like a strong city.
Thérèse de Lisieux
If my little acts of virtue can be mistaken for imperfections, imperfections can just as easily be mistaken for virtue.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
the thoughts of the Lord are not our thoughts, His ways are not our ways.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux (annotated)
I have at last found my vocation; it is love!
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul)
How can we not ask at every turn, 'What is going to happen? How will this turn out?' The main thing is not to consent consciously to anxiety or a troubled mind. The moment you realize you are worrying, make very quickly an act of confidence: 'No, Jesus, You are there: nothing--nothing--happens, not a hair falls from our heads, without Your permission. I have no right to worry." Perhaps He is sleeping in the boat, but He is there. He is always there. He is all-powerful; nothing escapes His vigilance. He watches over each one of us 'as over the apple of His eye.' He is all love, all tenderness.
Jean du Coeur de Jésus d'Elbée (I Believe in Love: A Personal Retreat Based on the Teaching of St. Therese of Lisieux)
Time is thy barque, and not thy dwelling-place.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux (annotated)
Nothing whatsoever but the love of Jesus could have made me face these difficulties and others which followed, for I had to purchase my happiness by heavy trials.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux (annotated)
He has never inspired me with any desire and left it unsatisfied, and that is why I have always found His bitter chalice full of sweetness.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul (L'Histoire d'une Âme): The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux)
Clearly we must not be attached to anything, no matter how innocent, because it will slip from our grasp when least expected; nothing but the eternal can content us.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul (Illustrated): The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux With Additional Writings, Prayers, and Sayings of St. Thérèse)
yet I think Our Lord made use of it to show me that a soul in the state of grace has nothing to fear from the devil, who is a coward, and will even fly from the gaze of a little child.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux)
Each time that my enemy would provoke me to combat, I behave as a gallant soldier. I know that a duel is an act of cowardice, and so, without once looking him in the face, I turn my back on the foe, then I hasten to my Saviour, and vow that I am ready to shed my blood in witness of my belief in Heaven.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux (annotated)
Even if you have suffered, even if you have sometimes been disappointed by life, even if, at certain times, you had the feeling that God was very far away (we all have this feeling when living through a time of trial) or had abandoned you, in spite of all of that, never doubt God’s love, never doubt his faithfulness.
Jacques Philippe (The Way of Trust and Love - A Retreat Guided by St. Therese of Lisieux)
Our Lord made me understand that the only true glory is that which lasts for ever; and that to attain it there is no necessity to do brilliant deeds, but rather to hide from the eyes of others, and even from oneself, so that "the left hand knows not what the right hand does."[1]
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul (L'Histoire d'une Âme): The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux)
One day, one of my teachers at the Abbey asked me what I did on my [5]free afternoons when I was alone. I told her I went behind my bed in an empty space which was there, and that it was easy to close myself in with my bed curtain and that “I thought.” “But what do you think about?” she asked. “I think about God, about life, about ETERNITY ... I think!” The good religious laughed heartily at me, and later on she loved reminding me of the [10]time when I thought, asking me if I was still thinking. I understand now that I was making mental prayer without knowing it and that God was already instructing me in secret.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux)
We're called to speak to people to whom we often don't feel like speaking; to refrain from surrounding ourselves with people "just like us," whose thoughts, ideas, and actions we can more or less manage and control; to share not just with the poor, but with the rich, the mediocre, the irritating, the Republicans, the Democrats, because we never know who the poor are. We never know whose heart is hemorrhaging. We never know who needs a kind work, a smile, a helping hand.
Heather King (Shirt of Flame: A Year with St. Therese of Lisieux)
All God asks of you is good will. From the top of the ladder He looks lovingly upon you, and soon, touched by your fruitless efforts, He will Himself come down, and, taking you in His Arms, will carry you to His Kingdom never again to leave Him. But should you cease to raise your foot, you will be left for long on the earth.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux)
It is not because I have been preserved from mortal sin that I lift up my heart to God in trust and love. I feel that even had I on my conscience every crime one could commit, I should lose nothing of my confidence: my heart broken with sorrow, I would throw myself into the Arms of my Saviour. I know that He loves the Prodigal Son, I have heard His words to St. Mary Magdalen, to the woman taken in adultery, and to the woman of Samaria. No one could frighten me, for I know what to believe concerning His Mercy and His Love. And I know that all that multitude of sins would disappear in an instant, even as a drop of water cast into a flaming furnace.
Thérèse de Lisieux
My God, how good Thou art! How well dost Thou suit the trial to our strength!
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul)
Translating poetry means taking a risk. The poetry of St. Thérèse, so simple, fresh, and pure, is particularly challenging to render into another language.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Poetry of Saint Therese of Lisieux)
a soul in a state of grace need fear nothing from devils, for they are so cowardly that they feel from the gaze of a child
St-Therese de Lisieux
Our Lord has deigned to make me understand that by simple obedience I shall please Him best.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux)
«El amor jamás encuentra pretexto de imposibilidad porque cree que todo lo puede y le conviene». La prudencia humana, por el contrario, tiembla a cada paso y, por decirlo así, no se atreve a apoyar el pie.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
to dedicate oneself as a Victim of Love is not to be dedicated to sweetness and consolations; it is to offer oneself to all that is painful and bitter, because Love lives only by sacrifice . . . and the more we would surrender ourselves to Love, the more we must surrender ourselves to suffering.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul (L'Histoire d'une Âme): The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux)
The Kingdom is most powerful where we least expect to find it. God does not take away our problems and trials but rather joins us in them. Such is the profound meaning of the incarnation: God becoming a human being. The Kingdom will manifest itself, not because of our efforts to keep trying, even when all effort seems hopeless, but because God loves us so much that God won't be able to stand seeing us struggle and always failing. God will do the impossible. He will give us a new attitude toward suffering. Such is the heart of the Christian ascesis, or self-discipline, and the mystery of transformation. It is the meaning of the Gospel as Therese perceived it.
Thomas Keating (St. Therese of Lisieux: A Transformation in Christ)
Jesus needs nothing but your humility and your confidence to work marvels of purification and sanctification in you. And your confidence will be in proportion to your humility, because it is to the extent that we realize our need of Jesus that we have recourse to Him, and we sense this need to the extent that we justly realize our unworthiness.
Jean du Coeur de Jésus d'Elbée (I Believe in Love: A Personal Retreat Based on the Teaching of St. Therese of Lisieux)
When we had our children, our ideas changed somewhat. Thenceforward we lived only for them; they made all our happiness and we would never have found it save in them. In fact, nothing any longer cost us anything; the world was no longer a burden to us. As for me, my children were my great compensation, so that I wished to have many in order to bring them up for Heaven.
Stephane-Joseph Piat (The Story of a Family: The Home of St. Therese of Lisieux)
The danger of modern spirituality, even as exemplified in St. Therese of Lisieux, is that simplicity can slide into sentimentality, a subjective caricature of objective love. Without a sense of history and of God’s self-revelation in time as well as in one’s heart, without the social discipline of the liturgical year and of approved devotions, modern religion degenerates.
Francis George
But instead of letting me see any ray of hope, God afflicted me with a most grievous martyrdom which lasted for three days. It brought sharply home to me the bitter grief felt by the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph as they searched for the Child Jesus. I was alone in a desert waste — or rather, my soul was like a fragile skiff tossing without a pilot in a stormy sea. I knew that Jesus was there, asleep in my craft, but the night was too black for me to see Him. All was darkness. Not even a flash of lightning pierced the clouds. There’s nothing reassuring about lightning, but, at least, if the storm had burst, I should have been able to glimpse Jesus. But it was night, the dark night of the soul. Like Jesus during His Agony in the Garden, I felt myself abandoned and there was no help for me on earth or in heaven. God had abandoned me. Nature herself seemed to share my misery. The sun never shone once during those three days and the rain fell in torrents. I have noticed that, at all the important moments of my life, nature has mirrored my soul. When I wept the sky wept with me, and when I was happy the sun shone without a cloud in the sky.
John Beevers (The Autobiography of Saint Therese: The Story of a Soul)
I have had great enlightenment from the writings of St. John of the Cross. When I was between seventeen and eighteen, they were my only spiritual food. But as I grew older, religious writers left me quite unmoved. I’m still like that. If I glance at a book, no matter how good and moving it is, my heart at once contracts and I read without understanding or, if I understand, I cannot meditate on it. When I’m in this state, the Bible and The Imitation come to my rescue. In them I find hidden manna, a pure and substantial food. But, above all, the Gospels help me in my prayers. They are always showing me new ways of looking at things, and I am always finding hidden and mysterious meanings in them. I understand and, by experience, I know that the Kingdom of God is within us. Jesus has no need of books or doctors of the Church to guide souls. He, the Doctor of doctors, can teach without words. I have never heard Him speak, but I know that He is within me. He guides and inspires me every moment of the day. Just when I need it, a new light shines on my problems. This happens not so much during my hours of prayer as when I’m busy with my daily work.
John Beevers (The Autobiography of Saint Therese: The Story of a Soul)
I am now at a time of life when I can look back on the past, for my soul has been refined in the crucible of interior and exterior trials. Now, like a flower after the storm, I can raise my head and see that the words of the Psalm are realised in me: "The Lord is my Shepherd and I shall want nothing. He hath set me in a place of pasture. He hath brought me up on the water of refreshment. He hath converted my soul. He hath led me on the paths of justice for His own Name's sake. For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils for Thou are with me."[6]
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul (L'Histoire d'une Âme): The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux)
Surely--we argue--it is safer to make, at the Morning Offering, a virtual intention covering all the day, and then carry on with practical common sense. This sounds excellent in theory, but too often it breaks down in practice and merely ends in the making of the Morning Offering, while we slip through the day on a purely natural plane till we arrive at our prayers in the evening; and it is precisely our habit of thus meeting the smallest actions of our daily life on the natural plane which makes them more than we can cope with. Divorced from their true purpose, that of leading us out of ourselves to God and to our fellow-men, they imprison us within ourselves and make us give way to self-pity and discontent. On the other hand, if we do everything to please Our Lord we shall find ourselves becoming more and more alert to help others and far more conscious of the endless little opportunities around us, the value of which we had never realized before.
Vernon Johnson (Spiritual Childhood: The Spirituality of St. Therese of Lisieux)
Jesús dio a sus apóstoles un mandamiento nuevo, SU PROPIO MANDAMIENTO, como lo dice más adelante, ya no habla de amar al prójimo como a sí mismo sino de amarlo como él, Jesús, lo ha amado. Jesús, Tú conoces mejor que yo mi debilidad, mi imperfección, sabes muy bien que jamás podría amar a mis hermanas como Tú las amas, si tú mismo, Jesús mío, no las amaras también en mí. Tu voluntad es amar en mí a todos aquellos a quienes me ordenas amar. Estoy convencida de que cuando ejercito la caridad, es Jesús sólo quien obra en mí: cuanto más unida a Él estoy, tanto más amo a todas mis hermanas. Cuando quiero aumentar en mí el amor, y sobre todo, cuando el demonio intenta poner ante los ojos de mi alma los defectos de tal o cual hermana que me resulta menos simpática, me apresuro a descubrir sus virtudes, sus buenos deseos, me digo que si la he visto caer una vez quizá ha ganado [13rº] muchas victorias que oculta por humildad, y que esa aparente falta sea tal vez, a causa de la intención, un acto de virtud.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
Pray with a friend this week. I know Christ dwells within me all the time, guiding me and inspiring me whenever I do or say anything. A light of which I caught no glimmer before comes to me at the very moment when it is needed. SAINT THERESE OF LISIEUX Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure-pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return. -LUKE 6:38 The world waits until someone gives before giving back; however, Scripture tells us to give first, then it will be added unto us. We can do this with our love, affection, material things; with our friendship, help, and attention. You might have grown up with a limited, conditional kind of giving. If so, it is time for healing. We are so fortunate to have the ultimate example of "giving first" in our Lord. He gave unconditional love, He gave His life, He gives His mercy and grace. St. Francis of Assisi's words are a great encouragement to live as an instrument of God's giving goodness. Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there
Emilie Barnes (The Tea Lover's Devotional)
But Our Lady allowed this trouble to befall me for the good of my soul; without it, vanity might have crept into my heart, whereas now I was humbled, and looked at myself with profound contempt. My God, Thou alone knowest all that I suffered.
Saint Therese De Lisieux (The Story of a Soul l'Histoire d'Une �me: The Autobiography of St. Th�r�se of Lisieux: With Additional Writings and Sayings of St. Th�r�s (Hardcover))
I have at last found my vocation; it is love!
St. Therese of Lisieux
Divine Strength.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux)
He [Jesus] opened the book of nature before me, and I saw that every flower He has created has a beauty of its own, that the splendor of the rose and the lily's whiteness do not deprive the violet of it's scent nor make less ravishing the daisy's charm. I saw that if every little flower wished to be a rose, Nature would lose her spring adornments , and the fields would be no longer enameled with their varied flowers. So it is in the world of souls, the living garden of the Lord. It please Him to create great Saints, who may be compared with the lilies or the rose, but He has also created little ones, who must be content to be daisies or violets, nestling at His feet to delight His eyes when He should choose to look at them... What delights Him is the simplicity of these flowers of the field, and by stooping so low to them, He shows how infinitely great He is. Just as the sun shines equally on the cedar and the little flower, so the Divine Sun shines equally on everyone, great and small.
Thérèse de Lisieux
Ever since his first attack
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux)
Then keep your confidence in the infinite mercy of the Savior. Say, like one mother I know who was distressed by the conduct of her children, 'Jesus, You love them too much not to save them.' Thank Him in advance for the Heaven which He is preparing for them...but, and this is very, very important--while you are suffering, wait in peace for the time of Jesus, the time chosen by Him to grant your request. He will perhaps make you wait a long time, precisely as a proof of your confidence...tell Him whatever your trial, that with His grace nothing will make you lose your profound peace, because you are sure of Him.
Jean du Coeur de Jésus d'Elbée (I Believe in Love: A Personal Retreat Based on the Teaching of St. Therese of Lisieux)
The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent or the daisy of its simple charm.
St. Therese Lisieux (Little Way of St Therese of Lisieux: In her own words (Youth))
My only consolation lies in not having any here below.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul)
I shall take good care to stay just where I am, quite certain that beyond the somber clouds, my beloved Sun is shining still!
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul)
Love alone counts.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul)
and I realized that real nobility is in the soul, not in a name.
Saint Therese De Lisieux (The Story of a Soul l'Histoire d'Une �me: The Autobiography of St. Th�r�se of Lisieux: With Additional Writings and Sayings of St. Th�r�s (Hardcover))
La caridad perfecta consiste en soportar los defectos de los otros, en no asombrarse por sus flaquezas, en edificarse con los más pequeños actos de virtud que se les vea practicar, pero, sobre todo, he comprendido que la caridad no debe permanecer encerrada en el fondo del corazón: «No se enciende una lámpara para meterla debajo de un cajón, sino que se la pone sobre el candelero para que ilumine a TODOS los que están en la casa».
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
Al comienzo de mi vida espiritual, hacia los trece o catorce años, me preguntaba qué más podría adquirir en lo sucesivo, pues creía que me era imposible comprender mejor la perfección. Pronto reconocí que cuanto más se adelanta en este camino, tanto más lejos del término se cree uno, y por eso ahora me resigno a verme siempre imperfecta y en eso encuentro mi alegría.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
La verdadera sabiduría consiste en «querer ser ignorado y tenido por nada» –en «gozar en el desprecio de sí»–. Yo quería que, como el de Jesús, «mi rostro estuviera verdaderamente escondido y que nadie en la tierra pudiera reconocerme». Tenía sed de sufrir y de ser olvidada.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
Mi corazón, sensible y amante, se hubiera fácilmente entregado si hubiese encontrado un corazón capaz de comprenderlo... Intenté ligar amistad con algunas niñitas de mi edad, sobre todo, con dos de ellas, a quienes quería, y que por su parte también me querían en la medida en que eran capaces; pero, ¡ay!, ¡qué estrecho y versátil es el corazón de las criaturas!... Pronto me percaté de que mi cariño no era comprendido. Una de mis amigas había tenido que volver a su casa y regresó algunos meses más tarde; durante su ausencia había pensado en ella, conservando con aprecio un anillito que me había regalado. Al ver nuevamente a mi compañera mi alegría fue grande, pero ¡ay! sólo obtuve una mirada de indiferencia... Vi que mi cariño no era comprendido, y no mendigué un afecto que se me rehusaba. Sin embargo Dios me ha dado un corazón tan fiel que cuando ha amado sinceramente, ama siempre, por eso he continuado rezando por mi compañera y la amo todavía.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
Lo principal que descubre Santa Teresita es que a Dios no se le conquista. A Dios, se le acepta. Él se da. «Él se quiere reservar para sí la dulzura de dar» (C 121). A nosotros nos toca respetarle, aceptarle desde nuestra pequeñez y debilidad. Nuestra misión es la de ser sencillos e insignificantes como «una gotita de rocío». Para llenar esta misión es «necesario permanecer sencilla».
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
Si llego a pensar o decir algo [19vº] que le guste a mis hermanas, encuentro muy natural que se apoderen de ello como de un bien propio. Tal pensamiento pertenece al Espíritu Santo y no a mí, ya que san Pablo dice que sin este Espíritu de Amor no podemos llamar «Padre» a nuestro Padre que está en los cielos. Por lo tanto es muy libre de servirse de mí para ofrecer un buen pensamiento a un alma. Si creyera que este pensamiento me pertenece, sería como «el asno que llevaba las reliquias», el cual tomaba como dirigidos a él los homenajes tributados a los santos. No desprecio los pensamientos profundos que alimentan el alma y la unen a Dios, pero hace tiempo que he comprendido que no hay que apoyarse en ellos ni hacer consistir la perfección en recibir muchas luces. Los pensamientos más hermosos nada son sin las obras.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
Yo soy el pincelito que Jesús eligió para pintar su imagen en las almas que usted me ha confiado. Un artista no usa un solo pincel: necesita al menos, dos. El primero es el más útil, con él da los tonos generales, [20vº] cubre completamente la tela en muy poco tiempo. El otro, el más pequeño, le sirve para los detalles. Madre, a mi modo de ver, usted es el precioso pincel que la mano de Jesús toma con amor cuando quiere hacer un gran trabajo en el alma de sus hijas, y yo soy el pequeñito que él se digna usar luego para los detalles menores.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
Teresa no entiende la santidad como una serie de obras que tenemos que ejecutar o vicios que extirpar. Su planteamiento es más sencillo. Se trata de «ser lo que Dios quiere que seamos» (MsA 2vº) en cada momento y situación.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
El amor verdadero se alimenta de sacrificios. Cuanto más se niega el alma las satisfacciones naturales, tanto más desinteresado se vuelve su cariño. Al amar a Cristo, el corazón se ensancha y puede dar incomparablemente más cariño a los que le son queridos que si se hubiera concentrado en un amor egoísta e infructuoso.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
La oración es un impulso del corazón, una simple mirada hacia el cielo, un grito de agradecimiento y amor en medio de la prueba o en medio del gozo. En fin, es algo [25vº] grande, sobrenatural que me dilata el alma y me une a Jesús.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
¡Cuánto le agradezco a Jesús que me haya hecho encontrar «sólo amargura en las amistades de la tierra!». Con un corazón como el mío me hubiera dejado prender y cortar las alas, y entonces, ¿cómo hubiera podido «volar y descansar»? ¿Cómo puede unirse íntimamente a Dios un corazón que se entrega al afecto de las criaturas?... Pienso que eso no es posible.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
Yo soy esa hija, objeto del amor preveniente de un Padre que ha enviado a su Verbo para rescatar no a los justos sino a los pecadores. Quiere que yo lo ame porque me ha perdonado, no mucho sino TODO. No esperó que lo amase mucho como santa Magdalena, sino que ha querido que yo sepa cómo me había amado con un amor de inefable previsión, ¡a fin de que ahora lo ame hasta la locura!... He oído decir que no se ha hallado un alma pura que ame más que un alma arrepentida. ¡Cuánto querría desmentir esa expresión!...
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
Dios no llama a los que son dignos sino a los que quiere. Todo depende, no del querer o del esfuerzo del hombre, sino de la Misericordia de Dios» (Rom 9,15-16) Durante mucho tiempo me he preguntado por qué Dios tiene preferencias, por qué no reciben todas las almas un grado igual de gracias. Me preguntaba por qué los pobres salvajes, por ejemplo, mueren en gran número sin haber siquiera oído pronunciar el nombre de Dios... Jesús se dignó instruirme acerca de este misterio. Puso ante mis ojos el Libro de la Naturaleza. Comprendí que si todas las flores pequeñitas quisieran ser rosadas, la naturaleza perdería su ornato. Lo mismo ocurre en el mundo de las almas, que es el Jardín de Jesús. La perfección consiste en hacer su voluntad, en ser lo que Él quiere que seamos... Comprendí también que el amor de nuestro Señor se revela tanto en el alma más simple que en nada resiste a su gracia como en el alma más sublime.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
En un instante comprendí qué es la vida. Hasta entonces no me había parecido tan triste, pero ahora se me presentó en toda su realidad. Vi que no es más que sufrimiento y separación continua. Derramé lágrimas muy amargas, pues no comprendía aún la alegría del sacrificio; era débil, tan débil que considero una gran gracia haber podido soportar un dolor que parecía estar muy por encima de mis fuerzas. Si me hubiese enterado poco a poco de la partida de mi Paulina querida, tal vez no habría sufrido tanto, pero [26rº] al saberlo por sorpresa, fue como si una espada se me hubiera clavado en mi corazón.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
Comprendí que para llegar a ser santa había que sufrir mucho, buscar siempre lo más perfecto y olvidarse de sí; comprendí que había muchos grados en la perfección y que cada alma [10vº] era libre de responder a las insinuaciones de nuestro Señor, de hacer poco o mucho por Él, en una palabra de elegir entre los sacrificios que Él pide. Entonces como en los días de mi infancia exclamé: «¡Dios mío, “lo elijo todo”. No quiero ser una santa a medias, no me da miedo sufrir por ti, lo único que temo es conservar mi voluntad.
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
I shall be love, thus I shall be everything, and thus my dream will be realized.
St. Therese of Lisieux
I have often thought, during these conferences, about the comment that Maurice Maignan, one of the first companions of Ozanam, made after a retreat: "One thought strikes me. All the means of sanctification which the preacher proposes and develops require a strong soul...I will not profit from exercises designed for strong souls. O my God, show me the exercises designed for feeble souls. Would the saints have forgotten or disdained them? Yet even if the saints did not think of these poor souls, who are nevertheless most numerous, You, Lord, my mercy, have not abandoned them. You Yourself, Good Master, have burdened Yourself with them. I know that better than anyone. I am one of those souls, and I bless You for having revealed to the weak and the little ones what You do not always accord to the valiant and the strong.
Jean du Coeur de Jésus d'Elbée (I Believe in Love: A Personal Retreat Based on the Teaching of St. Therese of Lisieux)
Calvary to
Jean du Coeur de Jésus d'Elbée (I Believe in Love: A Personal Retreat Based on the Teaching of St. Therese of Lisieux)
try to follow them. Fr. Groeschel notes that children,
Connie Rossini (Trusting God with St. Therese)
unchanging truth, that unless we become as little children in the doing of our Heavenly Father's Will, we cannot enter into our Eternal Home.
Thérèse de Lisieux (The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux (annotated)
It is trust and nothing but trust that must bring us to Love
Connie Rossini (Trusting God with St. Therese)
All along, I had thought that the attachment, or midlife crisis, or dark night of the soul, or whatever my experience had been, was a terrible stumbling block, a sign of shameful weakness, evidence of some core, incurable insanity: in short, The Problem. Now I knew that, in some very difficult, mysterious way, it had actually been The Solution. My struggle went way beyond any relationship with, or way of seeing, a mere human being. All along, I had thought my error lay in failing to find the formula to love correctly, unselfishly, when the very idea of trying to be perfect myself, with respect to human relationships-or any other way- was the real problem. Forget trying to achieve your own holiness, Therese seemed to be saying: you are infinitely too feeble, weak, and misguided to accomplish anything on your own. You're like a bleating lamb, wandering blindly around with your divided, wayward heart... Sit down on the floor, like a baby, and Christ will bend down and lift you up.
Heather King (Shirt of Flame: A Year with St. Therese of Lisieux)
I had also pled, the whole year, to be wholly relieved of my romantic attachment; begged to stop loving so much. But I had finally been given to see that my desire was what made me human; that desire was my glory and my cross; that desire had given me a window onto the divine that would sustain me all my life. I had seen at least one person as God must us-for where did my eyes come from but God? - and that is a rare and precious gift.
Heather King (Shirt of Flame: A Year with St. Therese of Lisieux)
My whole strength lies in prayer and sacrifice. They can move hearts far better than words. -St. Therese of Lisieux
St. Therese of Lisieux (The Story Of A Soul - The Autobiography Of St. Thérèse Of Lisieux)
The large room filled with snow-white dresses in which each child was to be clothed in her turn! Above all, the procession into the chapel and the singing of the morning hymn: “O altar of God, where the angels are hovering!” I don’t want to enter into detail here. There are certain things that lose [5]their perfume as soon as they are exposed to the air; there are deep spiritual thoughts which cannot be expressed in human language without losing their intimate and heavenly meaning; they
Thérèse de Lisieux (Story of a Soul The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux)
When a person is faithful to his or her times of prayer, day after day, week after week, it’s like someone with a well in the garden that’s choked with rubbish—branches, leaves, stones, mud—but underneath is water, clean and pure. In spending time in prayer, you’re setting to work patiently to unblock the well. What comes up at the start is the mud and dirt: our wretchedness, worries, fears, guilt, self-blame—the things we normally avoid. Plenty of people run away from themselves. There’s a real fear of silence today! But those who have the courage to go forward into the desert end up finding an oasis.
Jacques Philippe (The Way of Trust and Love - A Retreat Guided by St. Therese of Lisieux)
If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.” ― St. Therese of Lisieux
Diana Lynn Klueh, Saint Agnes Garden
If God answers my requests my heaven will be spent on earth up until the end of the world. Yes, I want to spend my heaven in doing good on earth. . . . After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses.
Elizabeth Ficocelli (Shower of Heavenly Roses: Stories of the intercession of St. Therese of Lisieux)