Below is a quote from the autobiography of St. Therese of Liseaux, the Story of a Soul. It inspired me, so I want to share it with you:
“When reading the lives of the saints, I was puzzled at seeing how Our Lord was pleased to caress certain ones from the cradle to the grave, allowing no obstacle in their way when coming to Him.
In the world of souls, Jesus willed to create great souls comparable to lilies and roses, but he has created smaller ones and these must be content to be daisies or violets destined to give joy to God’s glances when he looks down at his feet. Perfection consists in doing His will in being what he wills us to be” ~ Story of a Soul, pg 14.
One of my favorite quotes is in a book from Fr. Michael Gaitley and he says you can certainly talk to God about becoming a saint. One of his favorite prayers is,
“God, make me a saint, but please be gentle.”
What is your bar of contentment for your life? Is it the culture’s expectation? Or is it Jesus’ plan for your life? What is that plan? Well, he calls you to greatness. He calls you to love. He also calls you to be a saint.
Let’s examine together each of these quotes. I really like St. Therese and the image of God caressing us. I feel as though God wants to put us in the palm of his hand and help us handle the troubles and anxieties in our lives. Unfortunately, at least for me, I tend to take those things out of God’s hands and into my own hands because you know why? I love control. If we are honest, who really has the control? I’ve come to learn that there is so little that we actually can control and regulate in life. Am I right?
We are also called to bring joy to others, and radiate God’s joy in ourselves. Whether we have experienced suffering, or are trudging through suffering currently, God hopes to caress us through it all. God does intend for you to become a saint, and asking for Him to remain gentle on you through your journey of life is not a bad thing since for myself it has helped me quite a bit! Even if it is just in alleviating anxiety and stress, this prayer goes a long way.
Will you make your prayer for today: Lord, help me to become a saint, but please be gentle.