The Power of the Heart
"From the lips of children and infants
you have ordained praise..." says
"As I was preparing supper, Seth,
little six year-old, came over and
me an unusual question. 'Mom,' he said,
class the teacher was suggesting that
we pray we should either put our hands
or open them wide like when the priest
the Our Father. However, I wonder,
a child with one arm pray? What can
with only one hand..."
"How did you tackle that one?"
I asked Elisabeth, the mother. I was
"That's a tough one!"
"Well, amazing Father! God really
special angels at the right moment!
at him and said... 'Well, I suppose,
who has only one arm, will put his
on his heart. God will definitely hear
Yes indeed, in life, the heart is everything!
Sister Teresa of Saint Augustine never
Sister Therese of the Child Jesus.
accepted the fact that Therese Martin
allowed to join the community as a
teenager of fifteen, and besides she
that there were already too many Martins
in the Monastery. Whatever! She simply
her and she made it known. Therese
of her that "... everything seems
disagreeable to me, her ways, her words,
her character, everything." It
The reaction of Saint Therese? Well,
it from her own words : "I have
tried to act towards her as if she
favorite sister! Every time I met her,
would pray for her and offer God her
and merits. I would try to do as many
as possible to her , and when I felt
answering her rudely, would smile sweetly
at her and change the subject. Often
temptation was too strong, I just avoided
her. Then I would feel like a soldier
had deserted the battlefield. Once
came to me very happily and said, "Sister
Therese, can you tell me what you find
attractive in me? Whenever we meet,
give me such a lovely smile!"
The power of love!
Sister Therese was just over twenty
years old when she died. In her last
she was in terrible pain. The sisters
noticed her walking in the garden with
difficulty. They asked her to stop
a rest. "Oh, no, this walk is
me new strength," she replied.
step I take, I think of a missionary
is dead tired of his work. So I am
my walk for his needs."
Secrets between lovers!
Do you understand them?
To do normal things in a supernatural
To do normal things in an extraordinary
This is what living with your heart
I wonder, how am I living?
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