Trusting in God With St. Therese
by Connie Rossini
How spiritually crippling it can be to compare ourseves to others! Saint Therese utilized a holy sense of humor, combined with a humble wisdom to guide her novices. She taught them to embrace their weaknesses and to be willing to let God work within their souls to strengthen them. This task required much patience on her part. Imagine the patient understanding and love God has for us! He loves us exactly as He created us. He knows that we are imperfect. But part of loving God is loving what he has given to us as a means to achieving eternity with Him. He knows and loves us exactly as we are. God has a unique and perfect plan for each of us, weaknesses and all. Engaging in spiritual envy distracts us from reaping the benefits of God's unconditional love for us.
Thank you Mrs. Rossini for this chapter, which highlights the importance of accepting ourselves as we are, and accepting each thing that happens to us as part of our Heavenly Father's perfect plan for us, which He designed to lead us to Heaven.