Today is the Feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. I was blessed to be able to visit Lisieux nearly 40 years ago during a high school trip to France. I didn’t know much about St. Thérèse at the time, only that our local Catholic grammar school was named for her. We visited the Cathedral in Lisieux (to the right), took a few photos, browsed the souvenir shop and left. In the years since, I have read many books about her and a few books authored by her. She was an inspiring example in her short 24 years on earth.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from her:
“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”
“For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”
“Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.”
“Holiness consists simply in doing God’s will, and being just what God wants us to be.”
“A word or a smile is often enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul.”
“Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you-for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart… don’t listen to the demon, laugh at him, and go without fear to receive the Jesus of peace and love…”
“When one loves, one does not calculate.”
“Go often to Holy Communion. Go very often! This is your one remedy.”
“A soul in a state of grace has nothing to fear of demons who are cowards.”
To find out more about St. Thérèse of Lisieux, “the Little Flower,” check out this website.