Thanksgiving Novena Day Five: The Challenge of Love

Photo of St. Therese holding a pamphlet depicting the Child Jesus and the Holy Face.

“…Jesus, who fashions people’s souls skillfully, does not want us to stand about admiring the facade – he wants us to make our way in, till we reach the inner sanctuary which is His
chosen dwelling and admire the beauty there.”

– St. Therese of Lisieux

God of Mystery, gratitude does fill my heart, even as You challenge and confuse me.   There are people in my life experience who challenge my tolerance and love.  Sometimes I wish that I did not have to deal with them.  But I know and am thankful that You believe enough in me to stretch and refine me.   They open me up to the bigger picture of your unconditional and all-inclusive presence and love for you all your people.   Help me not to judge on externals or my emotional reaction, even as I praise, honor and celebrate Your Gift of Presence in every one of Your children.