“As a child, holding the hands of St Therese of Child Jesus – the Li’l Big Saint – to love deeper the Big Big God of Love!”
(Based on Isa 66:10-14 and Mt 18:1-4 – The Feast of St Therese of Child Jesus)
Here is a creative invitation letter….
“Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and earth, Sovereign Ruler of the World…
… and the Most Glorious Virgin Mary, Queen and Princess of the heavenly Court…
… wish to invite you to the wedding of their Divine Son Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, to Mademoiselle Therese Martin…
… now Lady and Princess of the kingdoms brought as dowry by her Divine Spouse, namely, the Childhood of Jesus and His Passion, of nobility being the Child Jesus and the Holy Face.
Monsieur Louis Martin, proprietor and owner of the domains of suffering and humiliation…
… and Madame Martin, princess and lady of honour of the heavenly court…
… wish to invite you to the wedding of their daughter Therese to Jesus, the Word of God, second person of the Blessed Trinity…
… who, through the operation of the Holy Spirit, became man and was born of the Virgin Mary!
Being unable to invite you to assist at the nuptial blessing which was bestowed on them on the mountain of Carmel (the heavenly court being alone admitted there)…
… they beg you, nonetheless…
… to be present at the return from the wedding which will take place tomorrow, on the day of Eternity…
… to which Jesus, the Son of God, will come on the clouds of Heaven to judge the living and the dead.
(The hour being still uncertain, you are invited to hold yourselves in readiness and to watch.)”
- This was the letter written by St Theresa of Child Jesus, in the days of preparation of her Final Commitment to Jesus, in the consecrated life.
… highly simply, yet deeply concentrated in mysticism and spirituality
… highly childlike, yet reverberating with immense love and passion for the Lord
Today, as we celebrate the Feast of this Amazingly Passionate lover of the Lord – St Therese of Child Jesus (St Therese of Liseux)
She is a saint…
… little in structure and deeds, but gigantic in her love of the Lord!
… unnoticed and unseen, but tremendously revered and loved for her way of love!
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 & fails 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 when Jesus invites and declares that unless one becomes like a little child, one cannot enter the Kingdom of God.
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 for the Child.
… They signify the ultimate for the Child.
This is the child-likeness to which The Little Flower grew.
Her child-likeness has God as the Centre of her world…
God means everything for this Little Saint.
God signifies 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 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…
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!
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 activites
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 ought to shower every aspect of ordinary everyday life.
The Little Flower dares to throw “petals” at the Loving Lord…
These petals 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…
… and be inspired by her words: “Holiness consists simply in doing God’s will, and being just what God wants us to be.”
As we thank the Lord for the gift of all the blessings in the month of September, let us offer the new month of October into His Safe and Caring Hands…
… especially seeking the help of our Blessed Mother by praying the Rosary daily, in this Month of the Rosary – October!
Let’s “live Love to give Love!”
Let’s “live Jesus to give Jesus!”
Happy Feast of the Beautiful Little Flower!
God Bless! Live Jesus!
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THE SPIRIT AND THE CHURCH IN THE LAST DAYS
God is Love” and love is his first gift, containing all others.
“God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
Because we are dead or at least wounded through sin, the first effect of the gift of love is the forgiveness of our sins.
The communion of the Holy Spirit in the Church restores to the baptized the divine likeness lost through sin. (Cf. CCC # 733-734)