Love in the Heart of the Church

St. Therese of the Child Jesus

In the heart of the Church I shall be love.

From The Story of a Soul (the autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux)

The Way of Love

My desires caused me a veritable martyrdom, and I opened the Epistles of St. Paul to find some kind of answer. Chapters Twelve and Thirteen of the First Epistle to the Corinthians fell under my eyes. I read there: in the first of these chapters, that all cannot be apostles, prophets, doctors, and that the eye cannot be the hand at one and the same time. The answer was clear, but it did not fulfill my desires and gave me no peace. Without becoming discouraged, I continued my reading, and this sentence consoled me: ‘Strive after the better gifts and I shall point out to you a still more excellent way.’ [1 Cor 12:31] And the apostle explains how all the most perfect gifts are nothing without love. That charity is the excellent way that leads most surely to God.

The Key to My Vocation

Love embraces all times and places.
It is eternal!

I finally had rest. Considering the mystical body of the Church. I had not recognized myself in any of the members described by St. Paul, or rather I desired to see myself in them all. Charity gave me the key to my vocation. I understood that if the Church had a body composed of different members, the most necessary and most noble of all could not be lacking to it, and so I understood that the Church had a heart and that this heart was burning with

My vocation is Love!

Then, in the excess of my delirious joy, I cried out: ‘O Jesus, my Love... My vocation, at last I have found it... my vocation is Love!’

Yes, I have found my place in the Church and it is you, O my God, who have given me this place. In the heart of the Church, my mother, I shall be love. Thus I shall be everything, and thus my dream will be realized.

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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

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-97) is the among youngest of the thirty-three “Doctors of the Church.” She was a Carmelite nun who lived a cloistered life of obscurity in the convent of Lisieux, France. Her “Little Way” has inspired and converted many souls.