Sunday, October 7, 2012

Living Examples

Because we have had our own share of pain, we gain credibility with those who still suffer. We offer hope in a way that those whose lives have been untouched by pain cannot. We become living examples that heartache, broken relationships, physical pain, and grief are not insurmountable with the help of God.

— from Fools, Liars, Cheaters, and Other Bible Heroes

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

In Our Best Interest

In God's great love for us he does not give us all we ask. He tempers the love he has for us with wisdom, understanding, and knowledge of what is in our best interest even—or especially—when we cannot see it ourselves.

— from Wrapped Up

Monday, October 1, 2012

"Little Flower"

"I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul."

These are the words of Theresa of the Child Jesus, a Carmelite nun called the "Little Flower" who lived a cloistered life of obscurity in the convent of Lisieux, France. [In French-speaking areas, she is known as Thérèse of Lisieux.]

And her preference for hidden sacrifice did indeed convert souls. Few saints of God are more popular than this young nun. Her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, is read and loved throughout the world. Thérèse Martin entered the convent at the age of 15 and died in 1897 at the age of 24.

And shortly before she died, she wrote: "I want to spend my heaven doing good on earth."


On October 19, 1997, Pope John Paul II proclaimed her a Doctor of the Church, the third woman to be so recognized in light of her holiness and the influence of her teaching on spirituality in the Church.

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