Sunday, September 30, 2012

Every Saint Has the Spirit of a Crusader

Saint Therese

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“To be Thy spouse, O my Jesus, to be a daughter of Carmel, and by my union with Thee to be the mother of souls, should not all this content me?

“Yet other vocations make themselves felt, and I would wield the sword, I would be a Priest, an Apostle, a Martyr, a Doctor of the Church, I would fain accomplish the most heroic deeds -- the spirit of the Crusader burns within me, and I would gladly die on the battlefield in defense of the Church.”

By Saint Therese of Lisieux  -- Story of a Soul, (New York: P.J. Kennedy & Sons, 1926), p. 201.

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