READ; Story of a Soul Chapter eleven, epilogue and appendices

REFLECT: Spend a few minutes with each of the following thoughts:

  1. When Therese was interrupted in her writing during her last illness, she took care to appear happy, and “especially to be so”. How do I react when others interrupt what I am doing?
  2. Therese did not stay away from the sisters who were always asking for help, nor did she expect help from them in return at some future date. Is this true of me also?
  3. If I suffer a trial of faith as Therese did, am I resolved to walk through the darkness bravely, changing nothing of my behavior, except for the better?
  4. How obedient am I to those who are in authority over me? Do I really understand that God expresses his will for me by this means?
  5. If someone else takes credit for something good that I have said or done, does this disturb me? Or do I, like Therese, believe that the good I do is from the Holy Spirit, and therefore the property of all?
  6. Have I been able to detach myself from the need for human consolations, as Therese did? Or am I always looking for the nearest shoulder to cry on, or someone to help alleviate my loneliness?
  7. When others make distracting noises or do other things which annoy me, do I react like Therese, or do I miss this opportunity to die to myself and to offer another “flower” to Jesus?
  8. St. Therese asked the Lord to remain in her as in a tabernacle when she was unable to receive him in Holy Communion as often as she would have liked. Is my desire to receive my Lord increasing? If not, have I asked him to give me this desire? How often do I visit him in the tabernacle? Do I make spiritual communions when receiving is not possible?
  9. To what extent does Therese‟s letter which she carried on the day of her Profession express my own desires? What is holding me back from such aspirations?
  10. Which parts of the Act of Oblation to Merciful Love could I adopt as my own?

REPLY: Answer these questions as briefly as you can:

  • 1. How did St. Therese, as a postulant, become detached from human consolations?
  • 2. What cost her most dearly in her dealings with the novices under her care?
  • 3. How did Therese describe what prayer was for her?
  • 4. What are some of the ways she practiced love of neighbor?
  • 5. What guidelines did Therese use in undertaking a work?
  • 6. How did Therese hope to spend her heaven?
  • 7. What was her attitude toward her imperfections? And her virtues?
  • 8. What were her inner and outer dispositions during her great suffering?
  • 9. How did Therese hope to die, and how did she actually die?
  • 10. What attribute of God was the focal point of St. Therese’s Act of Oblation?
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