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October 1

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St. Therese of Lisieux

Therese lived and taught a spirituality of relationship. She tried to relate to everyone and everything intently and with love. Intimacy for Therese was a matter of moral union. Her spirituality was a manner of doing the ordinary with extraordinary love. For Therese, only by giving ourselves away to something greater than ourselves could we break through our own selfishness and ego. Only then could we see the suffering of others. “What matters in life,” she wrote, “is not great deeds, but great love.”  The world came to know Therese through her autobiography, Story of a Soul.


May I see the presence of the Divine in all creation.


Try to live your life attentively and try to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Suggested Reading

When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to God, who is unseen. Then God, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Matthew 6:6

I do not desire either suffering or death, although both are appealing to me;
it is love alone which really attracts me. I can ask for nothing with any enthusiasm except the perfect accomplishment of the Divine Will in my soul, unhindered by any intrusion of created things…Now my only occupation is love.’Or again: ‘I know love is so powerful that it can turn whatever is good or bad in me into profit, and it can transform my soul into Himself.
 St. Thérèse

You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love at which we do them.
Saint Therese

When one loves, one does not calculate.
Saint Therese

I can nourish myself on nothing but truth
Thérèse de Lisieux

The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily
do not rob the little violet of it’s 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

Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.
Thérèse de Lisieux

Holiness consists simply in doing God’s will, and being just what God wants us to be.
Thérèse de Lisieux

A word or a smile is often enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul.
Thérèse de Lisieux

There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.
Leo Tolstoy

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
Lao Tzu

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
Hans Hofmann