In this, the 125th anniversary year of the death of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, each day we will share excerpts from her poetry that reveal her eminent doctrine and passionate desire "to love Jesus and to make him loved" as a Discalced Carmelite nun.
John was born at Fontiveros in Spain about 1542. He entered the Carmelites and with the permission of his superiors began to live a stricter life. Afterward, he was persuaded by Saint Teresa to begin, together with some others, the Discalced reform within the Order; this cost him much hard work and many trials. He died in Ubeda in 1591.
"You do a great injury to God in believing you're going to Purgatory. When we love, we can't go there."
In a cosmic embrace that in Christ unites heaven and earth, John of the Cross was able to express the fullness of Christian life
Born in 1873, Thérèse Martin died in the Carmel of Lisieux 30 September 1897. She was canonized in 1925; in 1997 she was declared a Doctor of the Church by St. John Paul II.
This year, on the 9th of June, feast of the Holy Trinity, I received the grace to understand more than ever how much Jesus desires to be loved
At the summit, as the source and goal, is the merciful love of the three Divine Persons, as she expresses it, especially in her Act of Oblation to Merciful Love
It is my heartfelt wish that the commemorative year, recently inaugurated, may arouse a renewed interest in the figure of this great Saint
The manifold Wisdom of God sometimes reveals itself more manifestly to certain beloved disciples of Christ