Direction of Souls

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

     As soon as I penetrated into the sanctuary of souls I judged at the first glance that the task exceeded my powers, and very quickly placing myself in the arms of the good God I imitated the little child who, seize with sudden fear, tries to hide its golden head on its father's shoulder, and I said:  "Lord, Thou knowest it, I am myself too little to be capable of nurturing these Thy children: if Thou dost will to give to them, through me, what is suited to each one, fill Thou my little hand, and without leaving Thine arms, without even turning my head aside, I will distribute Thy treasures to the souls who come to me to seek sustenance.  When they find it to their liking I shall know that it is not to me they owe it but to Thee; on the other hand if they complain, and find bitter what I offer them, my peace shall remain undisturbed, I will try to convince them that this nutriment comes from Thee, and I will carefully refrain from seeking any other for them." 
     When I thus understood that it was impossible for me to do anything by myself, the task appeared to me simplified.  Interiorly, I occupied myself solely in trying to become more and more united to God -- knowing that the rest would be added unto me. 
 
                                                                (pp. 148-149).  Story of a Soul, Ch. X

    "Oh!...I would not have acted thus; we must always tell the truth."  And so I do, always, Far more difficult it certainly is, for when told of some little vexatious occurrence, it would be easy to lay blame on the absent, and she who complains would at once be pacified.  Yes, but...I do quite the reverse.  If I am not liked, what matter!  Let no one come to me who does not want to hear the truth. 
                                                                 (p. 150) Counsels and Reminiscences

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