Thérèse and Mercy (7/9)

Thérèse and Mercy (7/9)

God’s mercy is central to the life of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower, as she attests in her autobiography Story of a Soul:

“Most of all I imitate the conduct of Magdalene; her astonishing or rather her loving audacity which charms the Heart of Jesus also attracts my own. Yes, I feel it; even though I had on my conscience all the sins that can be committed, I would go, my heart broken with sorrow, and throw myself into Jesus’ arms, for I know how much He loves the prodigal child who returns to Him. It is not because God, in His anticipating Mercy, has preserved my soul from mortal sin that I go to Him with confidence and love….”

Never have I doubted God’s mercy, though I often have doubted myself.