ST. THERESE OF LISIEUX- A PERSON TO HONOUR AND EMULATE. KNOWN AS “THE LITTLE FLOWER” BELIEVED THAT SHE WAS NOT BORN FOR GREATNESS-BUT HER GREATNESS WAS IN DOING LITTLE THINGS IN A GREAT WAY! DIED AT THE AGE OF 24.
Her “little way” teaches us to do the ordinary things of life with extraordinary love. A smile, a note of encouragement, a phone call, suffering in silence, always having a positive word, a simple unnoticed task to brighten the life of another, and so many other simple deeds, done with love – these are the examples of her spirituality. The smallest action, done with love, is more important than great deeds done for personal glory, gratification or simply out of obedience.
St. Therese was born on January 2, 1873 and died September 30, 1897, of tuberculosis. Her mother died when she was 4 years old and she entered the convent of the Carmelite order at 16 years of age. She loved nature, and often used the imagery of nature to explain how the Divine Presence is everywhere, and how everything is connected in God’s loving care and arms. Therese saw herself as “the Little Flower of Jesus” because she was just like the simple wild flowers in forests and fields, unnoticed by the greater population, yet growing and giving glory to God. Therese did not see herself as a brilliant rose or an elegant lily, by simply as a small wildflower. This is how she understood herself before the Lord – simple and hidden, but blooming where God had planted her.
Therese believed passionately that Jesus was delighted in his “Little Flower,” and just as a child can be fascinated by the grandeur of a simple flower, she believed that Jesus was fascinated by her as his “Little Flower.” Before she died she saw rose blossoms blooming outside her window and the smell of roses filled the room where she died.
IF WE COULD ALL DO LITTLE THINGS IN A GREAT WAY……..THAT WOULD BE ENOUGH TO REALLY PLEASE GOD