The spirituality and message of St Thérèse of Lisieux became known to millions through the publication of her autobiography Story of a Soul a year after her death. Here we hope you will find some insight to the intensity of her love for God, her prayerfulness and knowledge of Scripture and the simplicity of her life.
...God Our Father loves us always, absolutely, unfailingly, eternally
Until my coming to Carmel, I had never fathomed the depths of the treasures hidden in the Holy Face
God gave me a Father and Mother more worthy of Heaven than of Earth
MY VOCATION IS LOVE!
I understood that without love all words are nothing.
Any glory that I shall have will be a gratuitous gift from God and will not belong to me.
I am not dying; I am entering into life.
I go to Him with confidence and love…
I feel that my mission is about to begin, my mission to make God loved as I love Him, to teach souls my little way.
It (the Little Way) is the way of spiritual childhood, the way of trust and absolute surrender.
Jesus does not demand great actions from us but simply surrender and gratitude.
Doesn’t Wisdom say: “Life is like a ship that ploughs the restless waves and leaves after it no trace of its rapid passage”?
When I think of the past, my soul overflows with gratitude when I see the favours I received from Heaven.
…charity consists in bearing with the faults of others, in not being surprised at their weakness, in being edified by the smallest acts of virtue we see them practise
In Story of a Soul St Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face wrote ‘I wondered what name I would be given in Carmel…. I thought of Little Jesus whom I loved so much and I said: Oh! How happy I would be if they called me Thérèse of the Child Jesus’ and ‘Until my coming to Carmel, I had never fathomed the depths of the treasures hidden in the Holy Face’