We are in the Novena of St. Therese - a great lover of God and of souls. She had an amazing understanding of God's love because she understood the Little Way to God's Heart and that is littleness - humility. Humility is Truth - knowing who we are in the eyes of God. We are the creature and He is the Creator. The gardener can sow the seeds and water them but only God can make them grow. She realized that all comes from God and goes back to God. In the passage below we see this and we see that she feels called to give herself as a victim of His love. This is very similar to St. Louis deMontfort in his teaching of holy slavery - to give all in order to receive all. She states the following:
"O Jesus! Let me in the excess of my extreme gratitude, let me tell you that Your love is utter foolishness... How can You not expect my heart to throw itself upon You? How could my trust have any bounds? I am too little to do big things... and my particular folly is to hope that Your love will accept me as a victim. Some day, my adored Eagle, I know You will come and fetch your little bird and, carrying it off with You to the Fireside of Your love, You will plunge it for all eternity into the burning abyss of that Love to which it has offered itself as victim... O Jesus, how I wish I could tell all little souls how ineffable is Your condescension...I feel, were it not impossible, that if You found a soul weaker, lowlier than mine; it would please You to fill it with still greater favors provided it abandoned itself with complete confidence to Your infinite mercy."
"Jesus takes pleasure in showing me that the only pathway that leads to this Divine Furnace, that pathway is the abandonment of the small child who falls asleep without fear in the arms of the Father."
Isn't it so sad that as short as life is - many do not seek God as we should. We could find Heaven on earth if we just knew that if we humble ourselves into His hands - we could receive an infinite - unending LOVE! This is why Therese and many of the saints claim that God's love is foolishness - it is not just - we do not deserve this gift and yet He is willing to give us His Kingdom as His heirs! Can we even comprehend this Love? Do we know what He suffered by humbling Himself and taking upon His shoulders our cross? He was GOD!! --and yet we dare to be filled with pride - an enemy of our soul that we should do all in our power to keep out! Do we even try - or are the tinsels of this life in the way - distracting us from the true Treasure? We give away our Precious Gold for tinsel! I would call that foolish!
I will end with St. Therese's remark claimed to have been made around the age of six! "I loved God very much and offered my heart to Him very often, making use of the little formula Mother had taught me." This prayer was:
"My God I give You my heart; take it please so that no creature may possess it, but You alone Good Jesus!"
May we pray for this Love - May we pray for this Love to be given to ourselves, our spouses, our family and our friends! May we pray for our country and the world as we teeter on the brink of a Third World War and an Economic Collapse that the world has never seen before. May we trust in the love of God and know that it is our final destiny as things get heated up in the world and we begin to go through the trial of losing hope. May we not lose hope in God - He is All - what more do we need!! Our life is a grain of sand against all the sands of all the beaches of the world - and even that doesn't equal eternity! Know where you are going and Who has offered His Life and Kingdom to you! Accept this Precious Treasure now and share it with others. This is the gold we should be investing in - the government will only confiscate the real gold so many are storing up for this great Chastisement allowed by God Who is so greatly offended by the pride and hate that fills so many!
Our Lady of Mt Carmel - pray for us!
St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face - pray for us!!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!