Yes, I have discovered my vocation! In the heart of the Church, I will be love”
– From the “Story of a Soul” – the Autobiography of the Little Flower
These words of great joy and exhilaration exhibit the essence of a Grand Discovery.
A Young Person had discovered her grand vocation!
>> The Church had discovered a grand saint!
Grand was the life that was lived.
>> Grand still more were the graces that followed…
A grand saint enshrined in a quiet life but adorned with much love and affection…
>> A saint who inspires many…
>> A saint who is loved by many…
>> A saint who induces much joy…
… St Theresa of Child Jesus – popularly known as the Little Flower of Liseux.
We live in an age that relishes and appreciates insights related to growth, maturity, accountability and responsibility.
>> There is a love to hear “high” theology….
>> There is a craze to talk “systematic” thoughts…
>> There is an interest to discuss “complex” spiritualities..
Not that these are bad or not to be promoted…but these “mature” talks ought not to take one away from the basic aim of true spirituality: Love God and Loving Neighbour!
There is a tendency that these “advanced” talks get jammed with only peripheral talks…
… and fail to translate into true action & deeds.
It is here, that our Little Saint of the Day invites us to find a new freshness and sparkle in Spirituality.
>> She is the Little Saint who dared to love the Big God! She is the Big Saint who presents to us the Little Way!
This Little Way of the Big Li’l Saint resonates with the Gospel of the Day (Lk 10:17-24) when Jesus invites and declares that…
….”I give You praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth… you have revealed them to the childlike” (Lk 10: 21a)’
For a child, everything is big!
>> The toys that one plays…
>> The food that one eats…
>> The houses that one sees…
Even the ones who take care… And especially, the ones closes to the child..probably, the parents….are very big too!
>> They mean everything to the child.
>> They signify the ultimate for the Child.
This is the child-likeness to which ‘The Little Flower’ grew.
Her child-likeness had God as the Centre of her world…
>> God meant everything for this Little Saint.
>> God signified the ultimate for this Little Saint!
She saw herself as ‘a child’ but energized by God who directed her journey in faith.
Her child-likeness does not promote childishness or immaturity or passivity.
>> Her child-likeness, instead encourages deeper trust and maturity and enthusiasm.
This spirituality of the Little Way sounds too simple….and too little..
>> But in fact and in practise, is a highly challenging one!
This is the spirituality of ‘child-likeness’: To have at the Centre and as the Ultimate, the One who can provide everything – God!
Is God the centre of my world…
… when I get drunk with a sinful and immoral life?
…when I get over dependant on my material riches?
… when I bank upon my own wisdom in my works?
…when I insist on doing my will, over the Will of God?
Little Therese of Child Jesus, the Little Saint is also the Big Saint of Love!
After a period of great inner trial and turmoil, she discovered her vocation to be love!
>> All her actions were laced with love.
>> All her words were filled with love.
The Little lover of God invites us…
…. to adorn all our words with love
… to embrace all our actions with love
… to beautify all our thoughts with love…
It could be…
… speaking with friends
…interacting with fellow workers
…discussing some business matters
… enjoying with family members..
It could be…
… doing household works
… handling massive finances
… studying various subjects
… performing some spiritual activities
It could be…
… thinking some philosophical views
… reflecting about some people
… considering about some situations
… imagining some circumstances
… dreaming some visions
Whatever be our words..or actions…or thoughts….let them be embellished in LOVE!
The Little Way… Sounds simple, but not so simple in practise, right?
Yet, there is much simplicity…
… ‘cos God remains at the centre of every effort and attempt!
There is much sentimentality, no doubt.
>> There is much simplicity, no doubt.
But with or without all those feelings, the Little Way simply tells us to have God at the Centre of Everything…and do all in Love!
Love demands a fidelity in the countless mundane ‘little’ things of daily life
>> The Little Way doesn’t eliminate Heroism, rather it’s brought within the reach of the poor.
The rains of love showers every aspect of ordinary everyday life.
>> The Little Flower dares to throw “petals” at the Loving Lord…
These petals are even considered “worthless petals” by the world – a little sacrifice, a gentle smile, a kind word, an appreciative action!
>> Sometimes, these “worthless petals” are nothing more than a faithful effort.
But this fact of “having tried”, a good will “to do good”…. all these petals please the Lord!
Let us join the Little Saint to tread the Little Way.
>> She promised to “shower roses” on the way to those who dare…
As a child, let us hold the hands of this Li’l Big Saint to love deeper the Big Big God of Love!
Let us “live Love to give Love”!
>> Let us “live Jesus to give Jesus”!
Happy Feast of the Beautiful Little Flower!
God Bless! Live Jesus!