St. Therese of Lisieux
Therese lived and taught a spirituality of relationship. She tried to relate to everyone and everything intently and with love. Her spirituality was a manner of doing the ordinary with extraordinary love. “What matters in life,” she wrote, “is not great deeds, but great love.” She believed that just as a child becomes involved in what attracts her, we should also have a childlike focus and a totally attentive love. She described her life as a “little way of spiritual childhood.” The world came to know Therese through her autobiography, Story of a Soul.
Help me, O God, to live attentive to Your presence.
I will try to live my ordinary life in an extraordinary way.
“Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”
“…when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray toGod, who is unseen. Then God, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
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.
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.
When one loves, one does not calculate.
St. Thérèse de Lisieux
There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.