Gratitude

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

     "Oh how good is the good God!" ... she would sometimes exclaim.  "Yes, He must indeed be good to give me the strength to endure all that I suffer." 

                                                                     (p. 104).  Story of a Soul, Ch. XII

     One day she said to the Mother Prioress:  "I would like to speak to you, Mother, of the state of my soul: but I cannot, I am too deeply moved just now."
     And in the evening she sent these lines pencilled with a trembling hand:
     "O my God, how good Thou art to the little victim of Thy Merciful Love!  Now even though Thou dost join physical suffering to the trials of my soul, I cannot say:  'The sorrows of death have encompassed me' (Ps. 17:5).  But I cry out in my gratitude:  'I have gone down into the valley of the shadow of death, yet I fear no evil, because thou, O Lord, art with me.'"  (Cf.  Ps. 22:4).

                                                                                   Story of a Soul, Ch. XII

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