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Tag Archives: Therese of Lisieux

Acting In Conscious Love

The little way is the spirituality of imperfection; we come to God not by doing it right, but by doing it wrong. Continue Reading Acting In Conscious Love

Accepting Our Imperfections

Jesus does not demand great actions from us but simply surrender and gratitude. Continue Reading Accepting Our Imperfections

Tiny Opportunities to Love

The point is not to be perfect, but to “perfectly” leave Christ to do, heal, and correct in us what he wills. Continue Reading Tiny Opportunities to Love

Discovering the Little Way

Any Christian “perfection” is, in fact, our ability to include, forgive, and accept our imperfection. Continue Reading Discovering the Little Way

Lesson Four: You Are Not In Control

Reality Initiating Us: Part One Lesson Four: You Are Not In Control Thursday, April 2, 2020 At some moment I did answer Yes to Someone—or Something—and from that hour I was certain that existence is meaningful and that, therefore, my life in self-surrender had a goal. —Dag Hammarskjöld To be in control of one’s destiny,… Continue Reading Lesson Four: You Are Not In Control

Thérèse of Lisieux, Part II

Mysticism: Week 2 Thérèse of Lisieux, Part II Wednesday, October 4, 2017 I understand so very well that it is only through love that we can render ourselves pleasing to the good Lord, that love is the one thing I long for. The science of love is the only science I desire. —Thérèse of Lisieux… Continue Reading Thérèse of Lisieux, Part II

Thérèse of Lisieux, Part I

Mysticism: Week 2 Thérèse of Lisieux, Part I Tuesday, October 3, 2017 Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897) has long been an important teacher for me. The French Catholic Church of her time emphasized an ideal of human perfection, which took the forms of legalism, perfectionism, and immense self-preoccupation. Yet Thérèse humbly trusted her own experience, as… Continue Reading Thérèse of Lisieux, Part I

Redefining Success

The Path of Descent Redefining Success Monday, July 31, 2017 Much of the teaching and culture that has emerged in recent Christianity has much more to do with Greek philosophy and Roman mythologies than the Gospel. This is not all bad, but we must acknowledge these influences. The ego is naturally attracted to heroic language,… Continue Reading Redefining Success

Spirituality of Imperfection: Week 1 Summary

Spirituality of Imperfection: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, July 17-Friday, July 22, 2016 We grow spiritually much more by doing it wrong than by doing it right. (Sunday) In the late nineteenth century, the young French Carmelite nun, Thérèse of Lisieux, now a Doctor of the Church, returned the spirituality of imperfection to mainline Christianity. She called it… Continue Reading Spirituality of Imperfection: Week 1 Summary

Receiving Mercy

Spirituality of Imperfection: Week 1 Receiving Mercy Tuesday, July 19, 2016 The French Catholic Church of Thérèse of Lisieux’s time (1873-1897) emphasized an ideal of human perfection, which took the forms of legalism and immense self-preoccupation. Yet Thérèse humbly trusted her own experience and taught the spirituality of imperfection instead. Thérèse is one of my… Continue Reading Receiving Mercy

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