It’s the Little Ways: A Reflection for St. Therese of Lisieux’s Feast Day

“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”

-St. Therese of Lisieux

Today is the feast day of one of my favorite Saints, St. Therese of Lisieux! She always reminds me that you don’t have to do great things to be a great Saint. She entered a convent when she was a teenager and died when she was 24. the “Little Flower” teaches us that we can serve God in the littlest things that we do, as long as we do them with great love…

…but I forget this a lot.

I always keep myself busy with classes, rehearsals, meetings, homework, and more. There’s always a dozen things on my to do list, and because I rarely complete everything that I want to get done in a day, I get frustrated with myself. I feel defeated when I forget to pray. I convince myself that if I don’t make it to daily Mass, or do a Holy Hour in the adoration chapel, or pray a rosary, then I didn’t do enough for God that day. St. Therese of Lisieux reminds me that this isn’t the case.

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Although the big things are nice, our Heavenly Father delights just as much in the little things that we do for him. I recently began turning to God as soon as I wake up in the morning. I tell him that I won’t make it through the day without him, and I ask him to help me and be with me in all that I do throughout the day. I turn to him with a “Thank you, God!” when I’m spending time with my friends, and I pray “God, please help me!” when I get frustrated with an assignment. When someone comes to me with a prayer intention, I immediately pray a quick “God, please be with [name],” and I’ll also be more likely to write it down in my prayer journal and remember during a Holy Hour or a rosary.

Don’t be afraid to give someone a smile and a kind word. You never know how much they might need it. Don’t hesitate to ask someone how you can pray for them. They might need your prayers but don’t know how to ask you. Don’t think twice about doing a favor or an act of service for someone. Serving God and our brothers and sisters in Christ in the littlest ways surely adds up. As long as we’re consistent, the little things we do will lead us to holiness and sainthood.

St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.

~Stay radiant!

7 thoughts on “It’s the Little Ways: A Reflection for St. Therese of Lisieux’s Feast Day

  1. Thank you for this, it is really helpful. Sometimes things are so hectic that you feel you can’t do anything “big”to help, but we can all do little things everyday.

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  2. Beautiful I will enjoy this blog. Thankful for your thoughts, and sending prayers as you take this on with all your other commitments.

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  3. Madeline, I just reread your St Theresa post. Such a delight and comfort to know you are so in love with our Lord, and His precious helpers, sharing your day and heart with Him. Be blessed.

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