Monday, August 2, 2010
The Little Way
"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." ~St. Therese
I have spent the past week deeply enjoying the reading of some of the writings of Saint Therese of Lisieux. She was born 100 years before I was and led a small and quiet life as a Carmelite nun in France. She only lived to be 24 years old.
She viewed herself as a "little flower"...one who has been given an ordinary life with ordinary talents with a deep desire to love God simply. She wrote and encouraged walking in a "little way"...this meant walking with Jesus with complete child-like trust. She viewed Him as the most loving, most gentle, most kind... full of infinite mercy and grace...she sweetly called him "adorable Jesus". Her written prayers ring with sincere passion and trust and love.
She came to the realization that her vocation was simple: LOVE. She knew that she was "weak and little" but that His love and mercy covers all of that and gave her the burning passion to love others..."a fire of love".
Her ultimate goal in life was to love Him and make Him loved.
Reading her words and her story lifted a spiritual heaviness that has been on my chest for about two months. It's amazing how coming face to face with the powerful, intoxicating love and grace of Jesus changes and transforms our hurting, restless hearts. The Lord really used her words to pierce through much spiritual woundedness that I have been struggling with and helped to soothe, comfort and encourage me.
Last night I spent much time pouring out my heart to the Lord through journalling ...thanking Him for removing my doubts, my confusions, my spiritual pain...for using a humble Catholic nun to bolster my simple faith and to re-focus me on what I know authentic faith is all about...LOVE. And I feel light and free!
Isn't that what we, the Body of Christ, should be doing? Stooping to lift up the weak. Encouraging the doubting. Lifting spiritual burdens. Cutting off yokes of bondage. Loving the struggling.
Being like Jesus to one another.