31 Most Famous St Therese Of Lisieux Quotes

31 Most Famous St Therese Of Lisieux Quotes

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St. Therese Of Lisieux was a carmelite nun in the 1800′s. She spent nine years as a Caremlite and in that time wrote many manuscripts, which where gathered and formed into The Story of a Soul collection. Her works greatly impacted religion and is considered one of the great saints of the twentieth century. She died on September 30, 1897

“A word or a smile is often enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul.”

“Do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm.”

“Even now I know it: yes, all my hopes will be fulfilled… yes… the Lord will work wonders for me which will surpass infinitely my immeasurable desires.”

“For me, prayer is an upward leap of the heart, an untroubled glance towards heaven, a cry of gratitude and love which I utter from the depths of sorrow as well as from the heights of joy.”

“Go often to Holy Communion. Go very often! This is your one remedy.”

“God would not make me wish for something impossible and so, in spite of my littleness, I can aim at being a saint. It is impossible for me to grow bigger, so I put up with myself as I am, with all my countless faults. But I will look for some means of going to heaven by a little way which is very short and very straight, a little way that is quite new[...] It is your arms,
Jesus, which are the lift to carry me to heaven, And so there is no need for me to grow up. In fact, just the opposite: I must stay little and become less and less.”

“He has created the poor savage with no guide but natural law, and it is to their hearts that He deigns to stoop. They are His wild flowers whose homeliness delights Him.”

“Holiness consists simply in doing God’s will, and being just what God wants us to be.”

“I also understood that God’s love shows itself just as well in the simplest soul which puts up no resistance to His grace as it does in the loftiest soul.”

“I had wondered for a long time why God had preferences and why all souls did not receive an equal amount of grace [...] Jesus saw fit to enlighten me about this mystery. He set the book of nature before me and I saw that all the flowers He has created are lovely. The splendor of the rose and whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. I realized that if every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness and there would be no wild flowers to make the meadows gay.”

“I say nothing to him I love him.”

“If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.”

“If I did not simply live from one moment to another, it would be impossible for me to be patient, but I only look at the present, I forget the past, and I take good care not to forestall the future.”

“In Heaven the good God will do all I wish, because I have never done my own will upon earth.”

“It has a supernatural grandeur which expands the soul and unites it with God. I say an Our Father or a Hail Mary when I feel so spiritually barren that I cannot summon up a single worth while thought. These two prayers fill me with rapture and feed and satisfy my soul.”

“It’s true, I suffer a great deal–but do I suffer well? That is the question.”

“Much later, when I understood what perfection was, I realized that to become a saint one must suffer a great deal, always seek what is best, and forget oneself. I understood that there were many kinds of of sanctity and that each soul was free to respond to the approaches of Our Lord and to do little or much for Him — in other words,to make a choice among the sacrifices He demands.”

“Perfection consists in doing His will, in being that which He wants us to be.”

“The science of loving, yes, that’s the only kind of science I want I’d barter away everything I possess to win it.”

“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily”

“The world’s thy ship and not thy home.”

“Then, just as when I was a child, I cried: “My God, I choose all. I do not want to be a saint by halves. I am not afraid to suffer for You. I fear only one thing — that I should keep my own will. So take it, for I choose all that You will.”

“Then, overcome by joy, I cried, ‘Jesus, my love. At last I have found my vocation. My vocation is love. In the heart of the Church, my mother, I will be love, and then I will be all things.”

“Time is but a shadow, a dream; already God sees us in glory and takes joy in our eternal beatitude. How this thought helps my soul! I understand then why He lets us suffer.”

“Trust and trust alone should lead us to love.”

“When Charity is deeply rooted in the soul it shows itself exteriorly: there is so gracious a way of refusing what we cannot give, that the refusal pleases as much as the gift.”

“When I die, I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens,I will spend my heaven by doing good on earth.”

“When one loves, one does not calculate.”

“Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.”

“You knew all my intimate thoughts and cleared up all my doubts. I once told you how astonished I was that God does not give equal glory in heaven to all His chosen. I was afraid they were not at all equally happy. You made me bring Daddy’s tumbler and put it by the side of my thimble. You filled them both with water and asked me which was fuller. I told you they were both full to the brim and that it was impossible to put more water in them than they could hold. And so, Mother darling, you made me understand that in heaven God will give His chosen their fitting glory and that the last will have no reason to envy the first. By such means, you made me understand the most sublime mysteries and gave my soul its essential food.”

“You know, Mother, that I have always wanted to be become a saint.”