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The “Little Way” of Saint Therese of Lisieux

Description: This week Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the “Little Way” of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and how this practical guide to spirituality can help anyone find Christ.The Little Way of Saint Therese of Lisieux

 Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Saint Thérèse explains that Jesus’ heart breaks when Christians are ungrateful for what He has done in their lives, especially when they reject the grace that He has given them.
  • What is Saint Thérèse’s “little way”?
  • How can this method of spirituality help those who are not cloistered religious?
  • Does her “little way” work? How do we know?
  • How can we find peace in the midst of worldly chaos and turmoil?
  • Why do discussions about the saints bring us peace?

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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, and the FireLight Student Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, and his newest books Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep and Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Patricia

    One would be hard- pressed to find a spiritual teaching from the gospel that is not manifest in the spirituality of St. Therese. She is truly an exemplar of the work of God in a soul….a union of love! She did everything for love of Him and He fulfilled all the desires of her heart (which were to please Him), and even a hundred years after her life on earth, they are still working together to draw souls to God in concrete ways here on earth. The Little Way does lead to the Sacred and tender Heart of Jesus, and eternal salvation. If perfected, a soul flies straight to Heaven with no need of time in purgatory. Her teachings were a precursor to those of St. Faustina. She inspired St. Teresa of Calcutta to love Jesus like He has never been loved before. Popes have been referred to her as the greatest saint of the twentieth century! She speaks to the heart of Jesus and takes us along with her. St. Therese, teach us the way of love and confidence of a child who trusts completely in God!

  • marybernadette

    I was also reading about the
    struggles of St.Therese with the Rosary and when she was dying and experience physical and mental anguish, she told the Sisters she wondered why more”atheists” did not take their lives. The Great Blessing of our Faith. She was
    of course, offering her sufferings for “atheists.” I believe when she appeared to St. Faustina that the “Apostle of Mercy”
    thought St.Therese had not suffered as others did. One of our Bishops could not understand why Pope Pius 10th named her”Greatest Saint” of modern times. They mistakenly thought her “little way” lacked real suffering and she was too sentimental. Of course,all the Saints suffered being”misunderstood.”

    • Patricia

      “That I may live in one Act of perfect Love, I OFFER MYSELF AS A VICTIM OF HOLOCAUST TO THY MERCIFUL LOVE, imploring Thee to consume me without ceasing, and to let the tide of infinite tenderness pent up in Thee, overflow into my soul, that so I may become a very martyr of Thy Love, O my God!”

      “Let us be one with Jesus … let us make our life a continual sacrifice, a martyrdom of love to console Jesus.”
      (It is said that she made continual Acts of Love for Jesus, during her waking hours, even unto folly.)

      “Ah! since that day love penetrates me and surrounds me; this Merciful Love each moment renews and purifies me, leaving in my heart no trace of sin. No, I cannot fear Purgatory; I know that I do not merit even to enter with the Holy Souls into that place of expiation, but I know too that the fire of Love is more sanctifying than the fire of Purgatory, I know that Jesus cannot will needless suffering for us, and that He would not inspire me with the desires I feel if He were unwilling to fulfill them.” – Story of A Soul
      The degree to which she loved and trusted in God seems to be the key. St. Therese was Mistess of the Novices and she noted that God worked in individual ways in different souls. She took off the iron cross that was often worn during that time as a penance/suffering. Yet she denied herself constantly- gave ip her self-will, and gave her heart and all of herself- every waking moment to love God. Love is what unites the soul to God.

    • Patricia

      “That I may live in one Act of perfect Love, I OFFER MYSELF AS A VICTIM OF HOLOCAUST TO THY MERCIFUL LOVE, imploring Thee to consume me without ceasing, and to let the tide of infinite tenderness pent up in Thee, overflow into my soul, that so I may become a very martyr of Thy Love, O my God!”

      “Let us be one with Jesus … let us make our life a continual sacrifice, a martyrdom of love to console Jesus.”
      (It is said that she made continual Acts of Love for Jesus, during her waking hours, even unto folly.)

      “Ah! since that day love penetrates me and surrounds me; this Merciful Love each moment renews and purifies me, leaving in my heart no trace of sin. No, I cannot fear Purgatory; I know that I do not merit even to enter with the Holy Souls into that place of expiation, but I know too that the fire of Love is more sanctifying than the fire of Purgatory, I know that Jesus cannot will needless suffering for us, and that He would not inspire me with the desires I feel if He were unwilling to fulfill them.” – Story of A Soul

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