Let all who lovingly awow
Those gifts the Christ Child came to share
Acclaim Therese's virtues now
And praise her name in song and prayer.
Her patroness and mother chose
The lofty peaks of Carmel's height
And there Therese in fervor goes
To follow Christ, her one delight.
Inspired by Jesus to convey
Amazing secrets of His grace
She taught the world the simple way
Of childhood that the Gospel's trace.
From Story of a Soul: Considering the mystical body of the Church, I had not recognized myself in any of the members described by St. Paul, or rather I desired to see myself in them all. Charity gave me the key to my vocation. I understood that if the Church had a body composed of different members, the most necessary and most noble of all could not be lacking to it, and so I understood that the Church had a heart and that this heart was burning with love. I understood that it was love alone that made the Church's members act, and if love ever became extinct, apostles would not preach the Gospel and martyrs would not shed their blood. I understood that love comprised all vocations, that love was everything, that it embraced all times and places -- in a word, that it was eternal!
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