read all about it!

One of my great desires is that the Gospel always be presented as

good news,

happy news,

filling our hearts with

joy and consolation.

Yes, Jesus’ teaching is demanding, but St. Therese helps us see it as genuine good news, since the Gospel is no less than the revelation of God’s tenderness, God’s mercy toward each of his children, illuminating the laws of life that lead to happiness.

“Sometimes when I read certain spiritual treatises where perfection is shown through a thousand obstacles, surrounded by a host of snares, my poor little spirit quickly tires, I shut the learned book that makes my head ache and dries up my heart, and I take up Sacred Scripture. Then everything seems luminous to me, one single word reveals infinite horizons to my soul, perfection seems easy, and I see that it is enough to recognize one’s own nothingness and abandon oneself like a child into God’s arms.

Leaving to great souls, great spirits, the beautiful books that I cannot understand and still less put into practice, I rejoice to be little, because only children and those who are like them will be admitted to the heavenly banquet.”

St. Therese of Liseux

Each of us has an absolute need for an inner transformation that makes us “as little as a child.”

In the Gospel one finds some very blunt words of Jesus: if you are not converted, if you do not change and become like little children again, you will not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven!

“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 18:3

What that means and how to put it into practice are exactly what Therese is teaching me in a simple, luminous way.

The Gospel is not a law that crushes us. Sometimes we may be tempted to think that people who aren’t Christians are basically better off than we. After all, they can do as they like, while we have a whole list of commandments to obey!

Giggles.

But of course, this can be a very superficial way of seeing things.

The heart of a Christian life is to receive and welcome God’s tenderness and goodness, the revelation of his merciful love, and to let oneself be transformed interiorly by that love.

St. Therese, who wisely said shortly before her death which has become well known:

“I wish to spend my Heaven in doing good on earth.”

She is indeed doing that today and will do so for each of us if we ask her to teach us her “little way” and come to know our loving God as she learned to love him.

Won’t you consider joining me?

hugs n’ blessings for all the GOOD NEWS, worth reading!

5 thoughts on “read all about it!

  1. I join you! I absolutely love this post. For some, following the teachings of Christ is like trying to gain perfection. It’s the complete opposite of emptying ourselves and taking off the pressure to let the Holy Spirit work through us! When I was young I did think it like a huge list of rules to obey (or perhaps my preacher Grandfather thumped that into me!). I’ll kindly join you and rejoice in the choice of joy through Jesus and sharing his kindness and love. Your two little cuties made my heart smile. Oh my 😍♥️❤️💕♥️ God bless you sister! Love and hugs!!

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    1. What a beautiful way to sum it all up, Karla! I am tickled you join us in complete abandonment and trust in the Lord. It is amazing the joy which can follow when we do. Big hugs from all three littles and me to have you at our side in this mission to bring glory to the Father through the workings of the Holy Spirit! 💕

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