If through weakness I sometimes fall, may your divine glance cleanse my soul immediately, consuming all my imperfection like the fire that transforms everything into itself. I thank you, 0 my God, for all the graces you have granted me, especially the grace of making me pass through the crucible of suffering. It is with joy I shall contemplate you on the last day carrying the sceptre of your cross. Since you deigned to give me a share in this very precious cross, I hope in heaven to resemble you and to see shining in my glorified body the sacred stigmata of your passion.
After earth’s exile, I hope to go and enjoy you in the fatherland, but I do not want to lay up merits for heaven. I want to work for your love alone with the one purpose of pleasing you, consoling your sacred heart, and saving souls who will love you eternally. In the evening of this life, I shall appear before you with empty hands, for I do not ask you, Lord, to count my works. All our justice is stained in your eyes. I wish, then, to be clothed in your own justice and to receive from your love the eternal possession of yourself. I want no other throne, no other crown but you, my Beloved!
Time is nothing in your eyes, and a single day is like a thousand years. You can, then, in one instance prepare me to appear before you. ln order to live in one single act of perfect love, I offer myself as a victim of the holocaust to your merciful love, asking you to consume me incessantly, allowing the waves of infinite tenderness shut up within you to overflow into my soul, and that thus I may become a martyr of your love, O my God I want, 0 my Beloved, at each beat of my heart to renew this offering to you an infinite number of times, until the shadows having disappeared I may be able to tell you of my love in an eternal face to face! Saint Therese of Lisieux
Saint Therese of Lisieux (1897) was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1997.