Love & “The Little Way” of St. Therese of Lisieux

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“May you trust God that you are exactly
where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities
that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received,
and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing that you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into our bones,
and allow your soul the freedom
to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and everyone of you.”
— Therese of Lisieux

Over the past several weeks I have been preparing a workshop presentation on prayer – vocal, meditative and contemplative.  It truly was a blessing for me to spend the time in reflection and prayer as I prepared.  The workshop was Saturday (1-31-2016) and, though wonderful, a bit tiring as well.

The quote from St. Therese that I have above is one of the many from the saints and mystics that I found inspiring.

Sunday’s second reading from 1 Corinthians 13 reminded me of St. Therese.  It was her reflection (Lectio Divina) on this passage on the “greater gifts” that Therese received her great insight.  From this scripture passage she realized that her calling, her vocation, was to be LOVE.  This was to be her “Little Way”.  She was going to bring LOVE into EVERY moment of her life.

Richard Beck in his article “Meditations on the Little Way: Part 2, Story of a Soul” writes:

“This is, I believe, the lasting appeal of Thérèse–placing love at the center. As she describes it, there are many people with many great gifts in the church. Thérèse didn’t have those gifts. So she set herself the task of being the heart of the church. That’s the key, living your life as the heart of the church. “I shall be love,” she says. That is the core of the Little Way, expressing love to everyone in the ebb and flow of life’s interactions with others. Mother Teresa summed up the Little Way like this:

‘Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.'”

 I believe all of us are called to this same vocation – to bring great LOVE into our daily lives!

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