“What matters in life is not great deeds, but great love.”
– St. Therese of Lisieux, Patron Saint of Flowers, Growers and Florists. Also known as ‘The Little Flower of Jesus’
I would describe myself as a spiritual person, though not religious. I don’t follow the teachings of any particular church, yet I have a strong faith in a higher power, and appreciate the healing and hope that can come with prayer.
Nevertheless, when I came across the words of St. Therese of Lisieux today, I did have to stop and ask myself whether I was really comfortable sharing the prayer of a Catholic Saint.
If I’m not Catholic, can I really hold up the words of a deceased nun as enlightening and inspirational, and ignore the obvious faith that underscores those writings?
In the end, I decided quotes and prayers from saints can still provide wisdom for non-believers or differing believers. An empowering message of love and inspiration stands alone, regardless of the source.
Therefore, for all you other Non-Catholics, let me introduce St. Therese of Lisieux, also known as The Saint of the Little Way – which means she advocated “doing the ordinary things of life with extra-ordinary love”.
Acclaimed as “the greatest saint of modern times”, St. Therese was canonized in 1925 and is one of only three women to hold the honour of Doctor of the Catholic Church. This is one of her prayers:
‘May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.’
Beautiful, don’t you think?
Maureen of thereseoflisieux.org has brought it to my attention that this prayer is NOT actually the work of St. Therese of Lisieux, though it is widely attributed to her. Seeing as Maureen is a devout Catholic I tend to think she knows what she’s talking about.
I apologise for the mistake, though I want to assure you that I did search and find sources to indicate the author was St. Therese of Lisieux and I believed that when I posted. Again, sorry for the confusion. I am glad I managed to find out about this interesting woman though, and I still love the quote, whoever the author.
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