"Saints of Empowered Prayer: St. Therese of Lisieux"
Therese of Lisieux: She was born Theresa Martin in Alencon, France in
1873, the fifth daughter in a deeply religious family. Theresa's sisters all
became nuns and that was her desire also. At a very young age, she entered the
Carmel at Lisieux where she was known as Theresa of the Child Jesus and the
Holy Face. Nine anonymous years later she was dead at the age of 24. Under
obedience to her religious superiors she wrote her autobiography and we learn
of her passionate love, particularly for God, her family and for all souls on
earth. At the heart of her spirituality, called the "little way", was a
powerful metaphor: In our relationship
with God we are very small children. We always will be. There is no need to be
Life in a Carmelite convent is indeed
uneventful and consists mainly of prayer and hard work. Theresa believed that
holy insight redeemed the time however dull that time may be. She saw in quiet
suffering a redemptive suffering,. She was to have great suffering. She said
she came into the convent "to save souls and pray for priests". Shortly before
she died, she wrote: "I want to spend my heaven doing good for earth." Theresa
died on September 30, 1897. She was canonized in 1925 and declared a Doctor of
the Church in 1997. Her feast day is October
1) How would I describe
the focus of my family, and my life?
Do I see myself as a very small child in my relationship with
God? Are there any changes needed to become that small child?