Thursday, October 01, 2009

Therese of Lisieux: to know no fear

Thursday, October 1, 2009
    Commemoration of Remigius, Bishop of Rheims, Apostle of the Franks, 533
    Commemoration of Thérèse of Lisieux, Carmelite Nun, Spiritual Writer, 1897
    John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”
    —Luke 3:16 (NIV)
To live of love, it is to know no fear;
    No memory of past faults can I recall;
No imprint of my sins remaineth here;
    The fire of Love divine effaces all.
O sacred flames! O furnace of delight!
    I sing my safe sweet happiness to prove.
In these mild fires I dwell by day, by night.
        I live of love!
    ... Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897), Poems of St. Teresa, Carmelite of Lisieux, Boston, Angel Guardian Press, 1907, “To Live of Love”, n. 6 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Send the fire of Your love into my heart, Lord!
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