"There are so many things I would like to tell you, but Jesus will make you understand…"
"The weaker we are, without desires, without virtues, the more suitable we are for the workings of this consuming and transforming Love..."
Jesus told me that He wants me to suffer with joy. This costs me so, but it is sufficient that He asks this, so that I'll try to do it.
"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.
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.
We rest when we seek a "solitary place" (Mk. 6:31) to be silent; to enter into ourselves; to listen to our conscience and perceive, beyond our fears and tensions, the presence of God who loves and cares for us.
Christian love has a social and political dimension. We love when we design and organize social life in such a way that no one suffers
Take war, for example... “Do you think that, if God existed and were omnipotent, he would allow such slaughter?"
Our fruitfulness in the world depends on prayer, where we welcome the words of Jesus to begin to think like him, see things as he would see them, and act in every situation as he would
[Christ] stands, always and everywhere, before the face of God; his own soul is the Holy of Holies... He gazes upon the uncovered face of the Eternal One and has nothing to fear.
"No, my great love and the desire I have that souls be saved are incomparably more important than these sufferings"
Christ acted this way with his disciples: He told them many parables and maxims the wisdom of which they did not understand