The Apostolate of St. Thérèse of Lisieux

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

The following reflection is an excerpt from Story of a Soul by St. Thérèse of Lisieux.

(Manuscript C, “Those Whom You Have Given Me”)

“Draw me, Lord, we will run!...

“O Jesus, I beg You to draw me into the fire of Your love and to unite me so closely to You that You may live and act in me. The more the fire of Your love consumes my heart, the more frequently shall I cry, ‘Draw me!’ and the more also will those souls who come in contact with mine run swiftly in the sweet odor of Your perfumes, my Beloved.

“We shall run — yes, we shall run together, for souls that are on fire can never remain inactive. Mary Magdalen sat at Your feet listening to Your sweet and burning words, but though appearing to give You nothing, she gave far more than Martha, who was ‘troubled about many things.’

“O my Jesus, there is no need then to say: In drawing me, draw also the souls that I love. The words ‘draw me’ suffice. When a soul has been captivated by the odor of Your perfumes she cannot run alone; as a natural consequence of her attraction toward You, all those whom she loves are drawn in her train.

O Lord, my treasures are the souls
it has pleased You to unite with mine

“As a torrent bears down to the depths of the sea whatsoever it meets on its way, so likewise, My Jesus, does the soul that plunges into the boundless ocean of Your love bring with it all its treasures! O Lord, my treasures, as you well know, are the souls it has pleased You to unite with mine, and which You Yourself have confided to me.

“The end cannot be reached without adopting the means, and since You, O Lord, have made me understand that it is through the Cross You will give me souls, the more crosses I encounter the stronger becomes my attraction to suffering.”

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About the author

Catherine is a member of Our Lady of Mercy Lay Carmelite Community. “An apostle must pay with himself for those he wants to win [for Christ].” Divine Intimacy, 326,2

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About the author

Thérèse of the Child Jesus, a Carmelite nun called the “Little Flower,” lived a cloistered life of obscurity in the convent of Lisieux, France. Her preference for hidden sacrifice did indeed convert souls. Thérèse Martin entered the convent at the age of 15 and died in 1897 at the age of 24. She was canonized in 1925, and two years later she and St. Francis Xavier were declared co-patrons of the missions. On October 19, 1997, Pope John Paul II proclaimed her a Doctor of the Church.