Mary Frohlich is the editor of this collection of writings by St. Therese of Lisieux (1873â€“1897), the French Carmelite nun who was recently declared a Doctor of the Church. Here is an excerpt on devotion.
“It is to recognize our nothingness, to expect everything from God as a little child expects everything from its father; it is to be disquieted about nothing, and not to be set on gaining our living. Even among the poor, they give the child what is necessary but as soon as he grows up, his father no longer wants to feed him and says: ‘Work now, you can take care of yourself.’
“It was so as not to hear this that I never wanted to grow up, feeling that I was incapable of making my living, the eternal life of heaven. I’ve always remained little, therefore, having no other occupation but to gather flowers, the flowers of love and sacrifice, and of offering them to God in order to please Him.
“To be little is not attributing to oneself the virtues that one practices, believing oneself capable of anything, but to recognize that God places this treasure in the hands of His little child to be used when necessary; but it remains always God’s treasure. Finally, it is not to become discouraged over one’s little faults, for children fall often, but they are too little to hurt themselves very much.”
â€” August 6, 1897
Orbis Books, 2003. Softcover, 174 pp.