More from Fr. Marc Foley:
What does it mean to leave childhood? What does it mean to become an adult? It means having the strength not to be ruled by one’s emotions or allowing one’s feelings to dictate one’s choices,and possessing the determination to stand upright in the face of an emotional storm. This was the grace given to Thérèse.
Thérèse was not healed of her hypersensitivity. Rather, she was given the strength to deal with it. . . . God did not remove Thérèse from the battle of her emotions but gave her the fortitude to remain in the battle.
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Reflect upon your own life . . . What do we suffer in doing God’s will? Is it not some painful emotion that accompanies our choices? Is it not fear that makes an act of faith harrowing? Is it not the sadness of mourning that makes ‘letting go’ difficult? Is not loneliness or emptiness the price of remaining faithful to one’s vows? Is not tediousness and boredom the burden of being dutiful to the daily round?
Love and suffering are inseparable. If we are unwilling to suffer, then we cannot love.”