From Thoughts of Saint Therese: The Little Flower of Jesus, Carmelite of the Monastery of Lisieux, 1873-1897, Tan Books and Publishers, Inc., Rockford, IL 61105
dreams, our desires of perfection are not vain imaginations, since Jesus
Himself has given us this Commandment; He said: "Be you, therefore,
perfect, as also your Heavenly Father is perfect." (Matt. 5:48)
(pp. 87-88) II Letter to her sister Celine
Jesus, suffer me to tell Thee that Thy Love reacheth even unto folly ...
What wilt Thou, in face of this folly, but that my heart dart upwards to
Thee -- how can my confidence have any bounds?
(p. 89) Story of a Soul, Ch. XI
evening as they were telling her something which had been said at recreation,
touching the responsibility of those who have the charge of souls, Saint
Therese of the Child Jesus spoke these beautiful words: "To him
that is little, mercy is granted.' [Wisdom 6:7]. It is
possible to remain little, even in the most important offices; and
is it not written that at the end the Lord will arise to save the meek
and humble of the earth? [Cf. Ps. 75:10]. It says
not to judge but to save."
(pp. 90-91) Story of a Soul, Ch. XII
caused her pain, a novice went to ask pardon of Saint Therese, who replied
with emotion: "If you only knew what I feel! Never have I so
well understood with what love Jesus receives us, when, after a fault we
beg Him to forgive us. If I, His poor little creature, feel such
tenderness for you the moment you return to me, what must pass in the Heart
of the good God when we return to Him?...Yes, surely, more swiftly yet
then I have just done, will He forget all our iniquities, never again to
remember them...He will do even more -- He will love us still better than
before our fault!..."
(p. 93) Counsels and Reminiscences
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