Loving Our Littleness

He bends over the soul who loves its littleness & nothingness, he bends over it with an unspeakable love.

He bends over the soul who loves its littleness & nothingness, he bends over it with an unspeakable love.

St. Therese embraced humility in a grace-filled way, truly a mentor to consult regarding the interior life.  Writing about humility can seem so noble, yet in practice it is a true dying to self.  Not only was Therese able to eloquently write about humility, but she continually would strive to live it out on a daily basis. I invite you to pray on the following passage, from I Believe in Love, and see how it speaks to where your heart is at these days:

“Let us remain very remote from all that glitters,” wrote little Therese.  “Let us love our littleness; let us love to feel nothing.  Then we shall be poor in spirit and Jesus will come seeking us, however far away we are.  He will transform us into flames of love!”

Humility is an abyss which attracts torrents of graces, which attracts Jesus himself into a soul.  He was not able to resist the humility of the prodigal son, the good thief, the woman of Canaan.  The vacuum which humiliation makes in us when we receive it rightly is an emptiness which attracts him irresistibly.  He bends over the soul who loves its littleness and nothingness, he bends over it with an unspeakable love.”

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