Saint Thérèse Quotes

"Jesus does not so much look at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them."


On entering Carmel: "I came to save souls and especially to pray for priests."


"Everything is Grace."

 
 "How happy I am to see myself as imperfect and to be in need of God's mercy."

 
"I will send a shower of roses."


 "I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul."

"Do not fear to tell Jesus that you love Him even without feeling it. That is the way to force Jesus to help you, to carry you like a little child too feeble to walk."


Whispered to a novice while standing in front of the convent library: "Oh! I would have been sorry to have read all those books...If I had read them, I would have broken my head, and I would have wasted precious time that I could have employed very simply in loving God."


"What offends Him and what wounds His Heart is the lack of confidence...Your heart is made to love Jesus, to love Him passionately...We have only the short moments of our life to love Jesus!"


"It is only love which makes us acceptable to God."


"Jesus does not demand great actions from us, but simply surrender and gratitude."


"Love is nourished only by sacrifices, and the more a soul refuses natural satisfactions, the stronger and more disinterested becomes her tenderness."


"I want to give myself totally to Him...I want to live no longer but for Him."


"For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy; finally, it is something great, supernatural, which expands my soul and unites me to Jesus."

"He [Jesus] has no need of our works but only of our love."


Her last words: "Oh! I love Him! My God, I love You!"

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