|St. Therese of Lisieux|
"All my life, God surrounded me with love. My first memories are imprinted with the most tender smiles and caresses...Those were the sunny years of my childhood." Thus Therese, twenty-one years later, described her home life in Alencon, France. "My happy disposition," she added with characteristic candor, "contributed to making my life pleasing."
|St.Therese with older sister Pauline|
Instead of being discouraged, I told myself: God would not make me wish for something impossible and so, in spite of my littleness, I can aim at being a saint. It is impossible for me to grow bigger, so I put up with myself as I am, with all my countless faults. But I will look for some means of going to heaven by a little way which is very short and very straight, a little way that is quite new[...]
It is your arms, Jesus, which are the lift to carry me to heaven, And so there is no need for me to grow up. In fact, just the opposite: I must stay little and become less and less.”
Some excerpts taken from http://www.littleflower.org/abouttherese/learn/lisieuxCarmel.asp
St. Therese as Intercessor... http://www.mysticsofthechurch.com/2010/08/intercession-of-st-therese-in-lives-of.html