I believe that the pinacle of St. Therese’s spiritual insights was her realization of the key to her vocation, LOVE. She realized in her weakness that she could do nothing more than boldly offer herself as a “VICTIM of Your Love, O Jesus!”
As we prepare for the feast day tomorrow, sit with this passage from “Story of a Soul” and reflect on in which ways you may be embracing the vocation to love, as well as areas that require improvement.
“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 LOVE. I understood it was Love alone that made the Church’s members act, that if Love ever became extinct, apostles would not preach the Gospel and martyrs would not shed their blood. I understood that LOVE COMPRISED ALL VOCATIONS, THAT LOVE WAS EVERYTHING, THAT IT EMBRACED ALL TIMES AND PLACES….IN A WORD, THAT IT WAS ETERNAL!
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!…
…I am only a child, powerless and weak, and yet it is my weakness that gives me the boldness of offering myself as VICTIM of Your Love, O Jesus!”
Lord, help us to repay love by love alone.