Not knowing what to expect picking up the book, I was immediately struck by the humbleness of her writing; that someone of such great faith would be so humble. Her personal thoughts reveal a real, flawed woman who worked diligently through her little ways to bring herself closer to God. St. Therese longed to sacrifice all she could for God, offering up her physical and emotional suffering to Jesus throughout her short life, praying that it would bring her closer to heaven.
|St. Therese of Lisieux|
I am stunned by the simpleness of her faith. And it was simple, as she even states, and beautiful. “…I just act like a child who can’t read; I tell God quite simply all that I want to say and He always understands.” Reading her words, you do not wonder how someone who died so young became a Doctor of the Church. God graced her with the amazing gift of pure faith.
“Prayer, for me, is simply a raising of the heart, a simple glance toward Heaven, an expression of love and gratitude in the midst of trial, as well as in times of joy; in a word, it is something noble and supernatural expanding my soul and uniting it to God.”
If she lived today, I can only imagine what the media or popular culture would say about a young girl wanting so desperately to dedicate her life to God. With such determination to join a cloister at age 15, that she personally petitioned the Pope during a visitation in Rome. I don’t imagine they would be very kind to her or understand her devotion, much as many around her failed to truly comprehend her at the time.
|St. Therese of Lisieux - The Little Flower|
The Story of a Soul changed a part of how I view my love for God. This book, for me, is a perfect example of why we read and study the Saints. Her amazing example of devotion, sacrifice and her “little way to Heaven” brought me a step closer to Jesus, deepening my own faith. I predict this book will be one I read again and again throughout my life as I attempt to emulate her simple faith and devotion to an ever-present, loving God.