One of my top 10 favorite books and a spiritual reading staple from college, is “I Believe in Love” by Père Jean du Couer de Jésus D’Elbee (leave it to the religious and Mexicans to have seven names, LOL!) Compiled by a priest who gave retreats on the spirituality of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, this book exemplifies the depth and beauty of St. Thérèse’s simple and childlike approach to spirituality. Don’t be fooled by her simplicity – she is one of the few female Saints to be counted among the Doctors of the Church!
Thérèse had an overly sensitive temperament as a child and would react very strongly often even to small comments or actions. I can relate to her as an empath with a passionate nature and strong will. As such, the following passage has earned all the prestigious designations of being highlighted, starred, and the page dog-eared in my copy.
Every time I read this, it resets my perspective and gives me hope. It reminds me to place my complete confidence in Christ, not in myself. And to ask for the intercession of St. Thérèse of Lisieux to help me turn my struggles into occasions of victory.
I pray that these words will speak to your heart in some way that it needs today.
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