“My little boat is having a lot of trouble reaching port. For a long time, I have seen the shore and I always find myself far off; but it is Jesus who is guiding my little boat, and I am sure that on the day when He wills it, it will be able to approach the port safely.”
– St. Therese of Lisieux
St. Therese was called to be a Carmelite from a young age. She started to seek permission to enter the order at the age of 15 but told she could not enter until she was 18. But St. Therese did not give up on the urgency of her vocation. Her father, St. Louis Martin, took her to Italy on a pilgrimage to ask the Pope himself, and he said, “If God wills it.” She ended gaining permission at age 16.
This quote was taken from a letter Therese wrote to Pauline a few weeks before she entered Le Carmel. Therese was so confident and sure of this calling. We too must let Jesus steer our boat to the shore he desires for us.
On April 9th, 1888 St. Therese joyfully entered Le Carmel. She lived out her religious life for nine years before passing away on September 30th, 1897.
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