Time with Therese: Crest of joy

May 23, 2016 06:00 AM

“For me, prayer means launching out from the heart toward God; a cry of grateful love from the crest of joy or the trough of despair: it is a vast supernatural force that opens out my heart and binds me close to Jesus.”
-From Story of a Soul 

In her memoirs St. Therese expressed how many beautiful prayers existed. She always found the next one more beautiful than the last. Therese felt these structured prayers, while beautiful, did not move her the way personal prayer did.

While Therese thought these prayers were beautiful, she felt that they failed to communicate what she wanted. So instead of trying to recite prewritten prayers, she prayed like a child who does not know how to read: “I say very simply to God what I wish to say, without composing beautiful sentences, and he always understands me.”

A simple fervent prayer is all God asks of us. We do not have to use fancy words, we just have to speak with God, who loves us.

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