Time with Therese: The elevator to Heaven

August 29, 2016 06:00 AM


“Jesus, your arms are the elevator which will lift me to heaven.” –St. Therese of Lisieux, Story of a Soul

Thérèse was fascinated by the newly-invented elevator when her father took her to Paris. 

She wrote:

“We live in an age of inventions. We need no longer climb up a flight of stairs with great effort. I am determined to find an elevator to carry me to Jesus, as I was too small to climb the steep stairs of perfection. In Holy Scriptures, I sought the elevator I wanted, and I read: ‘whoever is a little one, let them come to Me.’”

Through her search, she came to realize she had to let Jesus embrace her and lift her, in her littleness, to Heaven.

Therese realized she had to let Jesus embrace and lift her, in her littleness, to Heaven. She believed she was called to holiness. However, God was going to lead her to Heaven by a different and simple way. So, she remained little and loved with the capacity He gave her.

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