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Quotes Tagged: saint therese of lisieux

Not equipped to see it

To dare to believe that we are truly loved, not for anything we have accomplished, earned, produced, learned, achieved, or sacrificed for, but simply for existing is a reality that can hardly be borne. We want that love more than anything; we search for that love all our lives. Yet we’re somehow not able, not equipped to see it, perhaps, except by prolonged, sustained suffering—and uniting our suffering to Christ’s. Thérèse did seem to be able to experience herself as fully loved—because she loved so much herself—and in the end that was perhaps her greatest gift: to God, to us.

~Heather King, Shirt of Flame: A Year with Saint Therese of Lisieux

Wearing the world like a loose garment…

But on the earthly plane the ascension into paradise seems to begin in just such homely acts as putting on a good face and pretending to enjoy the Christmas candy. Someone breaks a lunch date to which we’d been looking forward for weeks. Instead of showing we’re hurt, we can say, “I’d so still love to see you! When can we reschedule?” A friend inadvertently upstages our birthday party with the announcement of her pregnancy: we take a bit of a back seat and rejoice for her with the rest of the guests. That’s not dishonesty; that’s maturity. That’s refraining from making every little thing about us. That’s caring about the spiritual well-being of the other. That’s wearing the world like a loose garment.

~Heather King, Shirt of Flame: A Year with Saint Therese of Lisieux

Down to nothingness…

But as Day, whom I’d long admired, well knew, true poverty is never, ever voluntary. Poverty consists precisely in all the ways you absolutely don’t want to be poor. Poverty consists in a long succession of events not going your way. Poverty consists in being stripped down to nothingness.

~Heather King, Shirt of Flame: A Year with Saint Therese of Lisieux

The inevitable ash…

I wonder whether, when the desire for Christ burns bright enough and hard enough, loneliness isn’t the inevitable ash. I wonder whether to follow a Savior who subverts all power systems—social, political, economic, even familial—does not lead us into a kind of necessary and terrible exile.

~Heather King, Shirt of Flame: A Year with Saint Therese of Lisieux

Religion isn’t…

Religion isn’t something we tack on to life like a crumbling doily, in other words: religion suffuses life, drives life, sets life on fire. “I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled!” said Christ (Lk. 12:49). “Religion consists of the belief that everything that happens to us is extraordinarily important. It can never disappear from the world for this reason,” noted the Italian poet (and suicide) Cesare Pavese.

~Heather King, Shirt of Flame: A Year with Saint Therese of Lisieux

The immature, fretful craving to have things the way we want them…

This movement from the immature, fretful craving to have things the way we want them, to the way that is patient, cheerful, nonobtrusive, and oriented toward others, is a true death: the death of our egos, the death of our identities as people who respond—can only respond—a certain way. Grace is needed, to be sure, but preparing the ground for continuing grace requires prayer, meditation, and consenting to the long, hard work of pruning our will in such a way that we are open to maturity.

~Heather King, Shirt of Flame: A Year with Saint Therese of Lisieux