August 19, 2002

More on St. Therese
How great is the power of prayer. One could call it a queen who has at each instant free access to the king who is able to obtain whatever she asks....For me, prayer is a simple glance directed to heaven, it is a cry of gratitude and love in the midst of trial as well as joy; finally it is something great, supernatural, which expands my soul and unites me to Jesus. - St. Therese of Lisieux via Flos Carmeli site.

For Therese, Mary's way of life and faith is devoid of ecstasy, miracles, even words. The Virgin, Therese noted, 'marvelled at' the prophecies which the venerable Simeon uttered about the baby Jesus when he took him in his arms. For Therese, Mary's attitude showed 'a certain degree of surprise on her part.' For Mary, as Therese saw her, and almost certainly for Therese herself, simple faith was allied with a certain kind of ignorance, of perplexity overcome with a heroioc effot, and of battling on in a perpetual half-light....Perhaps she would have acknowledged the view of some mystics, that the reason why the risen Jesus did not appear to his mother was because she did not need this particular sign and because her faith remained totally pure." - Jean Guitton, "The Spiritual Genius of Saint Therese of Liseiux

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