For the blinder love is the more it gives such life, holding the soul surrendered, living without light in darkness.
"My desires for martyrdom are nothing... My desires are a consolation that Jesus grants at times to weak souls like mine"
In this year's novena, our reflections will focus on St. Thérèse's mission to help us love God as she did. Our readings will come from Letter 197, written 17 September 1896 to her sister Marie of the Sacred Heart.
We recall the birth of Blessed Teresa of St. Augustine on this date in 1752 with an excerpt from a Christmas carol that she wrote in 1792 or 1793
When she went to Rome, she told me that she had no fear of her purity being tainted by anything she came across on the trip, because she had placed herself under St Joseph’s protection.
Jesus wants to eradicate three deadly verbs from our daily life: to have, to ascend, and to command; and in their place he proposes that we should cultivate these three life-giving verbs: to give, to descend, and to serve.
How could a truly humble person think he is as good as those who are contemplative? Yes, it is true, God can make you a contemplative
Let us gaze upon Mary, especially during the tragic hours of the Passion. You will not see her dramatically displaying her sorrow, as many mothers would.
At the foot of the cross, seeing its savior drink the bitter chalice to the very dregs, solely out of love for her, seeing him immolate himself for her sins, the soul dissolves with love for him
Holy Father, with my brothers and sisters I want to risk my life, not waiting for tomorrow, without fear of being wounded, like knights without pay, as Teresa said...
I would not consider any spirituality worthwhile that wants to walk in sweetness and ease and run from the imitation of Christ.
Christian life here on earth, which is called “the way” in the Acts of the Apostles, is directed toward a transcendent goal which is represented by the heavenly and glorious city of Jerusalem.
I feel very much alone in this city where I find no one who can console me in my present situation. May God provide a remedy.