Chapter 1. Two Kinds of Saints
Continued from yesterday...
Ssint Therese of Lisieux
We have a striking example in our own days of a canonized Saint who was actually given to us as an example of how to become holy, by what she herself tells us is the easy, the "little way" to Heaven.
St. Therese of Lisieux never worked a miracle, never enjoyed heavenly visions, never did anything extraordinary, but she did well all that she did. She tells us that she went to Heaven in a lift [an elevator].
In the Carmelite Convent in which she lived, none of the Sisters remarked anything wonderful in her conduct. She was sweet and joyful and was the sunshine of the community. Possibly some of the other Sisters prayed longer and did more rigorous penances than she did.
An incident which took place before her death shows how simple and unpretentious was her life.
It was the custom in the Convent for the Prioress to write a short account of the life of each Sister after that Sister's death. During the illness of St. Therese, two Sisters were heard speaking of this. One said to the other, "Poor Mother Prioress, whatever will she find to write about poor little Sister Therese?"
Yet this dear little Saint began to work so many wonders after her death and obtain so many favors for those who had recourse to her that the whole world rang with her praises. She was solemnly canonized after a remarkably short time.
What a consolation she offers to those who wish to be holy! Hers was the little, the easy way, the lift [elevator] by which we, too, no matter how weak we are, can go to Heaven...
From An Easy Way to Become a Saint
by E. D. M. (1949)
The Catholic Printing Press
With Ecclesiastical Approbation
13th June 1949