I wanted to find an elevator which would raise me to Jesus, for I am too small to climb the rough stairway of perfection.
I searched, then, in the Scriptures for some sign of this elevator, the object of my desires, and I read these words coming from the mouth of Eternal Wisdom: “Whoever is a LITTLE ONE, let him come to me” [Cf. Mt 19:14].
And so I succeeded. I felt I had found what I was looking for. But wanting to know, O my God, what You would do to the very little one who answered Your call, I continued my search and this is what I discovered:
“As one whom a mother caresses, so will I comfort you; you shall be carried at the breasts, and upon the knees they shall caress you” [Is 66:12-13].
Ah! never did words more tender and more melodious come to give joy to my soul. The elevator which must raise me to heaven is Your arms, O Jesus! And for this, I had no need to grow up, but rather I had to remain little and become this more and more.
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
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Lord, my heart is not exalted: nor are my eyes lofty. Neither have I walked in great matters, nor in wonderful things above me. Psalm 131:1.
I have not quoted the version I know as I don’t have it verbatim. But it’s something like, “Lord, my heart is not proud, nor haughty my eyes. I have not gone after things too great, nor marvels beyond me…”.