East of Eden
Feast of the Little Flower
A statue of St. Therese at St. Joseph the Carpenter, Roselle, NJ.
Today is the feast day of St. Therese of Liseaux on the Roman Catholic Calendar (the Anglican Communion, of which my church is a part, is celebrating Remigius ).
While I was in the hospital last December, I read Therese's "The Story of a Soul". I was moved greatly by her sweet testimony of following "the little way" and growing childlike faith for God. So, in celebration, here are some quotes:
"Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing."
"Be not afraid to tell Jesus that you love Him; even though it be without feeling, this is the way to oblige Him to help you, and carry you like a little child too feeble to walk."
"I have never wished for human glory, contempt it was that had attraction for my heart; but having recognized that this again was too glorious for me, I ardently desire to be forgotten."
“May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.”