Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Fusion With Jesus

She would become a canonized Saint and a Doctor of the Church. Though she would die at the young age of 24, she would leave her spiritual mark on the Church she loved. She wasn't perfect but she knew she didn't have to be. But she did have perfect love for God. She knew Scripture well enough to know that God's merciful love and abundant grace would help her attain her lofty dreams and goals. She wanted to become a saint and for that she needed her "divine elevator," -Jesus-to lift her to heights she couldn't attain on her own. He didn't disappoint her. She received her First Communion at the age of 11 years old and later wrote that this is what she experienced: 
...I felt that I was loved, and I said, 'I love You, and I give myself to you forever!' There were no demands made, no struggles, no sacrifices; for a long time now Jesus and little Therese looked at and understood each other. That day it was no longer simply a look, it was a fusion; they were no longer two. Therese had vanished as a drop of water is lost in the immensity of the ocean. Jesus alone remained......
St. Therese of Lisieux-Story of a Soul-Manuscript A

I have a great devotion to St. Therese, the Little Flower, as she called herself. People of faith are continually discovering the genius of Therese, the deep spirituality of the "little way," which is complete trust and hope in God, regardless of the circumstances of life.