READ: STORY OF A SOUL Chapters nine and ten

REFLECT: Meditate/Journal for a few minutes on each of the following thoughts:

  • St. Therese‟s heart was filled with great desires for holiness and for God‟s glory… and mine? With what has it been filled today?
  • Have I understood, like Therese, that love is everything, and as St. John of the Cross says, that at the end of my life I will be examined in love? To what extent has this influenced my life today?
  • What little “flowers” of self-denial and sacrifice have I offered to Jesus today?
  • When I fail in virtue, what is my attitude? Do I, like Therese, humbly ask pardon, and trust that the good Lord will lift me higher?
  • Do I accept criticism and harsh treatment in the same humble spirit as Therese did?
  • Have I learned to suffer with joy and peace, rather than with sadness? If not, why?
  • How well do I bear with the faults and weaknesses of others?
  • How unpossessive am I of the things which belong to me? (even those which I need)

REPLY: Answer the following questions as briefly as you can:

1. At the time Therese wrote this souvenir of her retreat for Marie, what was she experiencing in the way of consolations? What was her attitude?

2. What did Therese say that Jesus expects of us rather than great actions?

3. What did Therese‟s mystical dream about Venerable Anne of Jesus reveal?

4. How did she know that this was a mystical gift, not proceeding from herself? 5. What vocations did Therese feel within herself?

6. What was her vocational revelation, and where did she find it?

7. What gave Therese boldness to offer herself as victim of the Love of Jesus?

8. What did Therese ask of all the saints in Heaven?

9. With what kind of works would Therese prove her love?

10. Using the imagery of the „little bird” what would her attitude be toward any failures in her vocation of love?

11. What kind of “legion” did Therese ask Jesus to choose?

12. What was her attitude toward the severity and humiliations provided by the prioress, Mother Marie de Gonzague?

13. What did Therese hope for regarding the length of her life?

14. What was the difference between her suffering in childhood and later on?

15. What was Therese‟s “trial of faith”? How long was it to last?

16. How did she act during this time of trial? How did she combat it?

17. What did Therese say about disappointments?

18. What did she have to say about the freedom which comes with obedience?

19. What did she learn that charity consists of? (in regard to love of neighbor)

20. What did Therese use as a last resort in time of temptation?

Make three personal resolutions in connection with the material you read in these chapters and write them here in a brief form:





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