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1:It is love alone that counts. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
2:I will send a shower of roses. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
3:She is more Mother than Queen. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
4:Silence does good to the soul. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
5:I say nothing to him I love him ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
6:Never stop wanting for your magic ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
7:Love needs to be proved by action. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
8:The world's thy ship and not thy home. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
9:Look at Him while He is looking at you. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
10:When one loves, one does not calculate. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
11:Above the clouds the sky is always blue. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
12:nobody is a good judge in his own cause! ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
13:Discouragement itself is a form of pride. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
14:i can nourish myself on nothing but truth ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
15:Love is the Cross, and the Cross is Love. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
16:It isn't enough to love; we must prove it. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
17:I will spend my heaven doing good on earth. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
18:Whose hands are God's hands, but our hands? ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
19:Trust and trust alone should lead us to love ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
20:Prayer for me is an updward leap of the heart ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
21:Frequently, only silence can express my prayer. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
22:Jesus makes the bitterest mouthful taste sweet. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
23:I am very far from practicing what I understand. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
24:I felt it better to speak to God than about Him. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
25:It is my weakness that gives me all my strength. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
26:It is only love which makes us acceptable to God. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
27:Since the age of three I have refused God nothing. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
28:(Her last words) Oh! I love Him! My God, I love You! ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
29:The good God would not inspire unattainable desires. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
30:I want to shine like a little candle before His altar. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
31:Let us love, since our heart is made for nothing else. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
32:Prayer and sacrifice can touch souls better than words. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
33:Nothing's done well when it's done out of self-interest. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
34:He [Jesus] has no need of our works but only of our love. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
35:Let us not be justices of the peace, but angels of peace. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
36:My vocation, at last I have found it; my vocation is love. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
37:Love consumes us only in the measure of our self-surrender. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
38:God has made me desire always what he most wants to give me. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
39:Love is a universe of its own, comprising all time and space. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
40:He does not call those who are worthy, but those whom He wills. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
41:Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
42:I am not afraid of a fight; I have to do my duty, come what may. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
43:Go often to Holy Communion. Go very often! This is your one remedy. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
44:Sufferings gladly borne for others convert more people than sermons. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
45:The loveliest materpiece of the heart of God is the love of a Mother. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
46:For one pain endured with joy, we shall love the good God more forever. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
47:I'm suffering very much, but am I suffering very well? That's the point! ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
48:A word or a smile is often enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
49:You cannot be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or no saint at all. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
50:How happy I am to see myself as imperfect and to be in need of God's mercy. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
51:If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
52:It's true, I suffer a great deal-but do I suffer well? That is the question. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
53:I want to give myself totally to Him...I want to live no longer but for Him. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
54:(On entering Carmel) I came to save souls and especially to pray for priests. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
55:Perfection consists in doing His will, in being that which He wants us to be. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
56:Each small task of everyday life is part of the total harmony of the universe. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
57:I would prefer a thousand times to receive reproofs than to give them to others. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
58:Jesus does not demand great actions from us, but simply surrender and gratitude. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
59:Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
60:The greatest honor God can do a soul is not give it much; but to ask much of it. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
61:Let us go forward in peace, our eyes upon heaven, the only one goal of our labors. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
62:My soul experienced a peace so sweet, so deep, it would be impossible to express it. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
63:Holiness consists simply in doing God's will, and being just what God wants us to be. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
64:No harm can come to me since, in whatever happens, I see only the tender hand of Jesus. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
65:Trials help us detach ourselves from the earth; they make us look higher than this world. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
66:Suffering is the very best gift He has to give us. He gives it only to His chosen friends. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
67:In Heaven the good God will do all I wish, because I have never done my own will upon earth. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
68:Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be and becoming that person. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
69:As the sun shines both on the cedar and the smallest flower, so the Divine sun illumines each soul. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
70:The guest of our soul knows our misery; He comes to find an empty tent within us - that is all He asks. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
71:The value of life does not depend upon the place we occupy. It depends upon the way we occupy that place. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
72:I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
73:In trial or difficulty I have recourse to Mother Mary, whose glance alone is enough to dissipate every fear. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
74:I realized that to become a saint one must suffer a great deal, always seek what is best, and forget oneself. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
75:When we yield to discouragement it is usually because we give too much thought to the past and to the future. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
76:When I die, I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens,I will spend my heaven by doing good on earth. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
77:What a joy to remember that she is our Mother! Since she loves us and knows our weakness, what have we to fear? ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
78:The great majority of men use their own short-sighted ideas as a yardstick for measuring the divine omnipotence. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
79:For me to love you, Jesus, as you love me, I would have to borrow your own love and then only would I be at rest. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
80:The science of loving, yes, that's the only kind of science I want I'd barter away everything I possess to win it. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
81:God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realized; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
82:The country in which I live is not my native country, that lies elsewhere, and it must always be the center of my longings. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
83:Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
84:Let us rise above the things that pass away. Up above, the air is so pure. Jesus can hide Himself but we will find Him there. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
85:I am simply content to find myself always imperfect, and in this I find my joy. Good deeds count as nothing, if done without love. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
86:the storm thunders at my heart; I find it difficult to believe in the existence of anything except the clouds which limit my horizon. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
87:If you are willing to bear serenely the trial of being displeasing to yourself, then you will be for Jesus a pleasant place of shelter. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
88:God would turn the world around to find suffering in order to give it to a soul upon whom He has set His Divine gaze with ineffable love. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
89:Jesus needs neither books nor Doctors of Divinity in order to instruct souls; He, the Doctor of Doctors, He teaches without noise of words. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
90:The morrow of this day will be eternity; then Jesus will return you a hundred fold the lovely, rightful joys that you are sacrificing for him. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
91:Look at His adorable face. Look at His glazed and sunken eyes. Look at His wounds. Look Jesus in the Face. There, you will see how He loves us. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
92:If all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty and the fields would no longer be decked out with little wildflowers. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
93:My whole strength lies in prayer and sacrifice, these are my invincible arms; they can move hearts far better than words, I know it by experience. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
94:A heart given to God loses none of its natural tenderness; on the contrary, the more pure and divine it becomes, the more such tenderness increases. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
95:Love is nourished only by sacrifices, and the more a soul refuses natural satisfactions, the stronger and more disinterested becomes her tenderness. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
96:You know well that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, as at the love with which we do them. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
97:For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
98:When we are expecting only suffering, the least joy surprises us: Suffering itself becomes the greatest of joys when we seek it as a precious treasure. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
99:I know now that true charity consists in bearing all our neighbors'defects--not being surprised at their weakness, but edified at their smallest virtues. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
100: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. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
101: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. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
102:the more one advances, the more one sees the goal is still far off. And now I am simply resigned to see myself always imperfect and in this I find my joy. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
103:Receive Communion often, very often...there you have the sole remedy, if you want to be cured. Jesus has not put this attraction in your heart for nothing. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
104:True charity consists in putting up with all one's neighbors fault's; never being surprised by his weakness, and being inspired by the least of his virtues. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
105:It is not to remain in a golden ciborium that He comes down each day from Heaven, but to find another Heaven, the Heaven of our soul in which He takes delight. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
106:Life is only a dream: soon, we shall awaken. And what joy! The greater our sufferings, the more limitless our glory. Oh! do not let us waste the trial Jesus sends. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
107:He longs to give us a magnificent reward. He knows that suffering is the only means of preparing us to know Him as He knows Himself, and to become ourselves divine. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
108:Do not fear to tell Jesus that you love Him even without feeling it. That is the way to force Jesus to help you, to carry you like a little child too feeble to walk. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
109:Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
110: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. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
111: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. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
112:In that first 'fusion' with Jesus (holy communion), it was my Heavenly Mother again who accompanied me to the altar for it was she herself who placed her Jesus into my soul. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
113:You must open a little, or rather raise on high your corolla so that the Bread of Angels may come as divine dew to strengthen you, and to give you all that is wanting to you. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
114: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. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
115:Holiness is a disposition of the heart that makes us humble and little in the arms of God, aware of our weakness, and confident - in the most audacious way - in His Fatherly goodness. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
116:Perfect love means putting up with other peoples shortcomings, feeling no surprise at their weaknesses, finding encouragement even in the slightest evidence of good qualities in them. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
117:Heaven for me is hidden in a little Host Where Jesus, my Spouse, is veiled for love. I go to that Divine Furnace to draw out life, And there my Sweet Saviour listens to me night and day. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
118: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. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
119:What offends Him and what wounds His Heart is the lack of confidence...Your heart is made to love Jesus, to love Him passionately...We have only the short moments of our life to love Jesus! ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
120:In spite of this trial, which takes all enjoyment from me, I can never the less, cry out, 'Lord, you fill me with joy in all that you do. For is there a joy greater than to suffer for love?' ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
121: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. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
122:The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
123:And it is the Lord, it is Jesus, Who is my judge. Therefore I will try always to think leniently of others, that He may judge me leniently, or rather not at all, since He says: "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
124:By our little acts of charity practiced in the shade we convert souls far away, we help missionaries, we win for them abundant alms; and by that means build actual dwellings spiritual and material for our Eucharistic Lord. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
125:My director, Jesus, does not teach me to count my acts, but to do everything for love, to refuse Him nothing, to be pleased when He gives me a chance to prove to Him that I love Him - but all this in peace - in abandonment. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
126:If I am despised by the world, If it considers me as nothing, A divine peace flood me. For I have the Host as my support. When I draw near the ciborium, All my sighs are heard... To be nothing is my glory. I am the atom of Jesus. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
127:Life passes. Eternity comes to meet us with great strides. Soon we shall be living with the very life of Jesus. Having drunk deep at the source of all bitterness, we shall be deified in the very source of all joys, of all delights. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
128:I prefer to be accused unjustly, for then I have nothing to reproach myself with, and joyfully offer this to the good Lord. Then I humble myself at the thought that I am indeed capable of doing the thing of which I have been accused. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
129:Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you- for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart... don't listen to the demon, laugh at him, and go without fear to receive the Jesus of peace and love. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
130:Why should we defend ourselves when we are misunderstood and misjudged? Let us leave that aside. Let us not say anything. It is so sweet to let others judge us in any way they like. O blessed silence, which gives so much peace to the soul! ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
131:How I loved the feasts!.... I especially loved the processions in honor of the Blessed Sacrament. What a joy it was for me to throw flowers beneath the feet of God!... I was never so happy as when I saw my roses touch the sacred Monstrance. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
132:Prayer is an aspiration of the heart, it is a simple glance directed to heaven, it is a cry of gratitude and love in the midst of trail as well as joy; finally, it is something great, supernatural, which expands my soul and unites me to Jesus. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
133:Love proves itself by deeds, so how am I to show my love? Great deeds are forbidden me. The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
134:I am convinced that one should tell one's spiritual director if one has a great desire for Communion, for Our Lord does not come from Heaven every day to stay in a golden ciborium; He comes to find another heaven, the heaven of our soul in which He loves to dwell. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
135: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. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
136:(Whispered to a novice while standing in front of the convent library) Oh! I would have been sorry to have read all those books...If I had read them, I would have broken my head, and I would have wasted precious time that I could have employed very simply in loving God. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
137:How can the good God Who loves us so much, be happy when we suffer? Never does our suffering make Him happy; but it is necessary for us, and so He sends it to us while, as it were, turning away His Face. . . I assure you that it costs Him dearly to fill us with bitterness. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
138:For me, prayer means launching out of the heart towards God; it means lifting up one's eyes, quite simply, to heaven, a cry of grateful love, from the crest of joy or the trough of despair; it's a vast, supernatural force which opens out my heart, and binds me close to Jesus. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
139:You heard me, only Friend whom I love. To ravish my heart, you became man. You shed your blood, what a supreme mystery!... And you still live for me on the Altar. If I cannot see the brilliance of your Face Or hear your sweet voice, O my God, I can live by your grace, I can rest on your Sacred Heart! ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
140:O Jesus! on this day, you have fulfilled all my desires. From now on, near the Eucharist, I shall be able To sacrifice myself in silence, to wait for Heaven in peace. Keeping myself open to the rays of the Divine Host, In this furnace of love, I shall be consumed, And like a seraphim, Lord, I shall love You. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
141:Trying to do good to people without God's help is no easier than making the sun shine at midnight. You discover that you've got to abandon all your own preferences, your own bright ideas, and guide souls along the road our Lord has marked out for them. You mustn't coerce them into some path of your own choosing. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
142:He is not far off; He is there, very close. He is looking at us, and He is begging this sorrow, this agony from us. He needs it for souls and for our soul... Alas, it does pain Him to give us sorrows to drink, but He knows this is the only means of preparing us to know Him as He knows Himself and to become God's ourselves. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
143:We must do everything we are obliged to do; give without reckoning, practice virtue whenever opportunity offers, constantly overcome ourselves, prove our love by all the little acts of tenderness and consideration we can muster. In a word, we must produce all the good works that lie within our strength - out of love for God. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
144:Apart from the Office [the daily prayer of the Church] which is a daily joy, I do not have the courage to search through books for beautiful prayers. ... Unable either to say them all or to choose between them, I do as a child would who cannot read - I just say what I want to say to God, quite simply, and he never fails to understand. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
145:At last there dawned the most beautiful day of all the days of my life. How perfectly I remember even the smallest details of those sacred hours! The joyful awakening, the reverent and tender embraces of my mistresses and older companions, the room filled with white frocks, like so many snowflakes, where each child was dressed in turn. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
146:If a little flower could speak, it seems to me that it would tell us quite simply all that God has done for it, without hiding any of its gifts. It would not, under the pretext of humility, say that it was not pretty, or that it had not a sweet scent, that the sun had withered its petals,or the storm bruised its stem, if it knew that such were not the case. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
147:We who run in the way of Love must never torment ourselves about anything. If I did not suffer minute by minute, it would be impossible for me to be patient; but I see only the present moment, I forget the past, and take good care not to anticipate the future. If we grow disheartened, if sometimes we despair, it is because we have been dwelling on the past or the future. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
148: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, ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
149:I understood that every flower created by Him is beautiful, that the brilliance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not lessen the perfume of the violet or the sweet simplicity of the daisy. I understood that if all the lowly flowers wished to be roses, nature would no longer be enamelled with lovely hues. And so it is in the world of souls, Our lord's living garden. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
150: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. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
151:Everything is a grace, everything is the direct effect of our Father's love - difficulties, contradictions, humiliations, all the soul's miseries, her burdens, her needs - everything, because through them, she learns humility, realizes her weakness. Everything is a grace because everything is God's gift. Whatever be the character of life or its unexpected events - to the heart that loves, all is well. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
152:At the time of Holy Communion I sometimes picture my soul under the figure of a little child of three or four years, who at play has got its hair tossed and its clothes soiled. These misfortunes have befallen me in battling with souls. But very soon the Blessed Virgin hastens to my aid: quickly, she takes off my dirty little pinafore, smoothes my hair and adorns it with a pretty ribbon or simply with a little flower... and this suffices to render me pleasing and enables me to sit at the Banquet of Angels without blushing. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
153: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. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
154:Remember that in ascending to the Father You could not leave us orphans; And in making yourself a prisoner on earth You knew to veil all your divine rays. But the shadow of your veil is luminous and pure. Living Bread of faith, Celestial Food, O mystery of love! My daily Bread, Jesus, is You!... Jesus, it is you who, despite the blasphemies Of the enemies of the Sacrament of love, It is you who want to show how much you love me, Since you make your dwelling in my heart. O Bread of the exiled! Holy and Divine Host, It is no longer I who live, but I live on your life ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
155:At this time I choseas friends two little girls of my own age; but how shallow are the hearts of creatures! Oneof them had to stay at home for some months; while she was away I thought about her veryoften, and on her return I showed how pleased I was. However, all I got was a glance of indifference-my friendship was not appreciated. I felt this very keenly, and I no longer soughtan affection which had proved so inconstant. Nevertheless I still love my little school friend,and continue to pray for her, for God has given me a faithful heart, and when once I love,I love for ever. ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux
156:Pray with a friend this week.
I know Christ dwells within me all the time, guiding me and inspiring me whenever I do or say anything. A light of which I caught no glimmer before comes to me at the very moment when it is needed.
SAINT THERESE OF LISIEUX
Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure-pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.
-LUKE 6:38
The world waits until someone gives before giving back; however, Scripture tells us to give first, then it will be added unto us. We can do this with our love, affection, material things; with our friendship, help, and attention. You might have grown up with a limited, conditional kind of giving. If so, it is time for healing. We are so fortunate to have the ultimate example of "giving first" in our Lord. He gave unconditional love, He gave His life, He gives His mercy and grace.
St. Francis of Assisi's words are a great encouragement to live as an instrument of God's giving goodness.
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there ~ Emilie Barnes
157:I am just a speck of dust, But I want to make my dwelling In the shadow of the sanctuary With the Prisoner of Love. Ah! my soul longs for the host, I love him and want nothing more. It is the hidden God who attracts me. I am the atom of Jesus.... I want to stay not knowing, In forgetfulness of all created things, And by my silence console The Host of the sacred ciborium. Oh! I would like to save souls, And make elect from sinners. Give the flames of an apostle To your atom, sweet Jesus!.... If I am despised by the world, If it considers me as nothing, A divine peace floods me. For I have the host as my support. When I draw near the ciborium, All my sighs are heard... To be nothing is my glory. I am the atom of Jesus.... Sometimes when Heaven is overcast And this atom cannot take flight, It loves to hide in the shadow And attach itself to the golden door. The the Divine light, Which makes all the elect rejoice, Comes to earth to warm up This poor atom of Jesus... Under the warm rays of grace, The atom sparkles. When the light breeze passes by, It gently sways... Oh! what ineffable delight! What favors has it not received?... Right next tot he host slips The poor atom of Jesus.... Pining away near the host In the tabernacle of love, Thus my life will be spent While waiting for the last day. When our trials will be over, Flying to the dwelling of the elect, The atom of the Eucharist Will shine near her Jesus!... [2320.jpg] -- from The Poetry of Saint Therese of Lisieux, by St. Therese of Lisieux / Translated by Donald Kinney, OCD

~ Saint Therese of Lisieux, The Atom of Jesus-Host

158:My Sweet Jesus, You appear to me On your Mother's breast, all radiant with love. Love is the ineffable mystery That exiled you from your Heavenly Home... Ah! let me hide myself under the veil Concealing you from all mortal eyes, And near you, O Morning Star! I shall find a foretaste of Heaven. From the moment a new dawn awakens, When we see the first lights of the sun, The young flower beginning to open Awaits a precious balm from on high. It is the good-giving morning dew, Which, producing an abundant sap, Makes the flower of the new bud open a little. Jesus, you are that Flower just open. I gaze on you at your first awakening. Jesus, you are the ravishing Rose, The new bud, gracious and scarlet red. The ever-so-pure arms of your dear Mother For for you a cradle, a royal throne, Your sweet sun is Mary's breast, And your Dew is Virginal Milk!... My Beloved, my divine little Brother, In your gaze I see all the future. Soon, for me, you will leave your Mother. Already Love impels you to suffer. But on the cross, O Full-blossomed Flower! I recognize your morning fragrance. I recognize Mary's Dew. Your divine blood is Virginal Milk!... This Dew hides in the sanctuary. The angels of Heaven, enraptured, contemplate it, Offering to God their sublime prayer. Like Saint John, they repeat: "Behold." Yes, behold, this Word made Host. Eternal Priest, sacerdotal Lamb, The Son of God is the Son of Mary. The bread of Angels is Virginal Milk. The seraphim feeds on glory. In Paradise his joy is full. Weak child that I am, I only see in the ciborium The color and figure of Milk. But that is the Milk a child needs, And Jesus' Love is beyond compare. O tender Love! Unfathomable power, My white Host is Virginal Milk!... [2320.jpg] -- from The Poetry of Saint Therese of Lisieux, by St. Therese of Lisieux / Translated by Donald Kinney, OCD

~ Saint Therese of Lisieux, The Divine Dew

159:My life is an instant, an hour passing by. My life is but a day escaping and fleeing. You know well, O my god! to love you on this earth I only have today. Oh! I love you, Jesus, to you my soul aspires. If only for one day remain my sweet support. Come and reign in my heart, bestow your smile on me if only for today! Do I care if, O Lord, somber is the future? To pray for tomorrow, oh no this I cannot! But my heart keep unstained, in your shadow drape me If only for today. Thinking of tomorrow, I fear my fickleness. I can feel in my heart sadness and despair bloom. But I welcome, my God, trial and suffering If only for today. I am soon to see you on the eternal shore. O, Divine Pilot! Whose hand is guiding me. On these unruly waves please keep my boat in peace If only for today. Oh! Let me hide, my lord, let me hide in your Face. From there I will not have to bear the world's vain noise. Bestow your love on me, bestow your grace again If only for today. Near to your divine heart, passing things disappear I'm no longer affraid of the fears of the night Oh! Offer me, Jesus, a seating in this Heart If only for today. Living, Heavenly Bread, God-given Eucharist, O sacred Mystery! You the product of Love... Come inhabit my heart, Jesus, my pristine Host, If only for today. Deign to unite to me, sacred and Holy Vine, So that this weakest branch can bear its fruits for you So that I can give you well ripe and golden grapes, My Lord, as of today. This bunch of grapes of love, the seeds it bears are souls I have but, to grow it, this one, this fleeting day The fire of Apostles, I ask of you, Jesus, If only for today. Virgin Immaculate! You are my Guiding Star Giving Jesus to me, uniting me to Him. O Mother! let me rest, secluded in your veil If only for today. Holy Guardian Angel, take me under your wing. May your fires cast light on this path I'm walking. Come and direct my steps... I cry to you, help me If only for today. O Lord, I want your sight, without veils or clouds, But still exiled from you, from afar I languish. That your lovable face stays hidden, I may bear If only for today. Soon I will fly away, I will speak your praises When the sunset-less day will dawn upon my soul. Then on the Angels' lyre I'll be able to sing The Eternal Today!...

~ Saint Therese of Lisieux, My Song for Today


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1.stl - The Atom of Jesus-Host, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
   English version by Donald Kinney, OCD Original Language French I am just a speck of dust, But I want to make my dwelling In the shadow of the sanctuary With the Prisoner of Love. Ah! my soul longs for the host, I love him and want nothing more. It is the hidden God who attracts me. I am the atom of Jesus.... I want to stay not knowing, In forgetfulness of all created things, And by my silence console The Host of the sacred ciborium. Oh! I would like to save souls, And make elect from sinners. Give the flames of an apostle To your atom, sweet Jesus!.... If I am despised by the world, If it considers me as nothing, A divine peace floods me. For I have the host as my support. When I draw near the ciborium, All my sighs are heard... To be nothing is my glory. I am the atom of Jesus.... Sometimes when Heaven is overcast And this atom cannot take flight, It loves to hide in the shadow And attach itself to the golden door. The the Divine light, Which makes all the elect rejoice, Comes to earth to warm up This poor atom of Jesus... Under the warm rays of grace, The atom sparkles. When the light breeze passes by, It gently sways... Oh! what ineffable delight! What favors has it not received?... Right next tot he host slips The poor atom of Jesus.... Pining away near the host In the tabernacle of love, Thus my life will be spent While waiting for the last day. When our trials will be over, Flying to the dwelling of the elect, The atom of the Eucharist Will shine near her Jesus!... [2320.jpg] -- from The Poetry of Saint Therese of Lisieux, by St. Therese of Lisieux / Translated by Donald Kinney, OCD
  

1.stl - The Divine Dew, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
   English version by Donald Kinney, OCD Original Language French My Sweet Jesus, You appear to me On your Mother's breast, all radiant with love. Love is the ineffable mystery That exiled you from your Heavenly Home... Ah! let me hide myself under the veil Concealing you from all mortal eyes, And near you, O Morning Star! I shall find a foretaste of Heaven. From the moment a new dawn awakens, When we see the first lights of the sun, The young flower beginning to open Awaits a precious balm from on high. It is the good-giving morning dew, Which, producing an abundant sap, Makes the flower of the new bud open a little. Jesus, you are that Flower just open. I gaze on you at your first awakening. Jesus, you are the ravishing Rose, The new bud, gracious and scarlet red. The ever-so-pure arms of your dear Mother For for you a cradle, a royal throne, Your sweet sun is Mary's breast, And your Dew is Virginal Milk!... My Beloved, my divine little Brother, In your gaze I see all the future. Soon, for me, you will leave your Mother. Already Love impels you to suffer. But on the cross, O Full-blossomed Flower! I recognize your morning fragrance. I recognize Mary's Dew. Your divine blood is Virginal Milk!... This Dew hides in the sanctuary. The angels of Heaven, enraptured, contemplate it, Offering to God their sublime prayer. Like Saint John, they repeat: "Behold." Yes, behold, this Word made Host. Eternal Priest, sacerdotal Lamb, The Son of God is the Son of Mary. The bread of Angels is Virginal Milk. The seraphim feeds on glory. In Paradise his joy is full. Weak child that I am, I only see in the ciborium The color and figure of Milk. But that is the Milk a child needs, And Jesus' Love is beyond compare. O tender Love! Unfathomable power, My white Host is Virginal Milk!... [2320.jpg] -- from The Poetry of Saint Therese of Lisieux, by St. Therese of Lisieux / Translated by Donald Kinney, OCD <   

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