St. Therese of Lisieux Novena, Day 7
“Mother, it’s the way of spiritual childhood, it’s the way of confidence and total abandon. I want to teach them the little means that have so perfectly succeeded with me, to tell them there is only one thing to do here on earth: to cast at Jesus the flowers of little sacrifices, to take Him by caresses; this is the way I’ve taken Him, and it’s for this that I shall be so well received.”
— Last Conversations, “Additional Conversations with Mother Agnes of Jesus” entry for July 1897
During one of her conversations with Pauline in the last months of her life, Thérèse explained her aim of teaching souls another way, her little way, of loving God. Thus, in spite of the physical suffering and the inner turmoil that was taking place in her, she held fast to the conviction of a loving God who can be loved in return in even the smallest of gestures.
This is an important instruction with which many people struggle today as well, because it requires faith that God truly loves us, but it makes sense if we think about our own human interactions. In relationships where there is true love, whether in a family, a couple, or between friends, even the smallest gestures are received with great joy. A loving glance, a smile, a kind word, all seem like ordinary expressions of gentility, but to the one who receives them in love, they are priceless treasures. God is love, and as such, welcomes our small gestures with great joy.
So make a gesture of love today to God who loves you.
a moment of silence
O Little Therese of the Child Jesus,
Please pick a rose for me
From the heavenly gardens
And send it to me
As a message of love.
O little flower of Jesus,
Ask God today to grant the favors
I now place with confidence
In your hands.
(Mention your specific requests)
help me to always believe,
As you did,
In God's great love for me,
So that I might imitate your
"Little Way" each day. Amen
reflections written by Fr. Emiel Abalahin, O.Carm.