“GATHER TOGETHER THE LITTLE ONES”
“I beseech You to cast Your Divine glance upon a vast number of LITTLE SOULS. I beg You to choose in this world a multitude of little victims worthy of Your Love.”
– St. Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face
“Yes, she [St. Therese] invites all LITTLE SOULS to follow her – the LITTLEST SOULS that cannot lift themselves to the flight of eagles.”
– Ven. Mária Margit Bogner
Who are the Littlest Souls?
The term “littlest souls,” as found in the writings of Sr. Consolata Betrone, refers to a specific form of the little way. This blog uses the term in a broader sense; “… to remain little,” says St. Therese, “is to recognize one’s nothingness, [and to] expect all things from the good God just as a little child expects all things from its father…” Our Lady is a perfect example of such littleness; she is truly ‘poor in spirit’ (Mt. 5:3).
The “littlest souls” may also be very weak, imperfect souls (Our Lady is not little in this sense). This is no cause for discouragement; God desires to work miracles of grace in such souls. The weaker we are, the greater our need and right to trust in God’s omnipotent love.
Why this Blog?
The ultimate purpose of this blog is to encourage souls to abandon themselves without reserve to Merciful Love. To that end, St. Therese and a number of other “little souls” have been chosen as the patrons of this blog. Follow their “little way,” which is “all confidence and love” (St. Therese) – “the confidence that expects everything and receives everything” (Our Lord to Mother Marie Madeleine Ponnet). Imitate their littleness and “depend on Love for everything as a little babe depends on its mother” (Jesus to Sr. Benigna Consolata). They are sure guides. Seek their intercession. Immerse yourself in their writings (some of which can be found on ‘Littlest Souls’).
“In spiritual childhood,” declared Pope Benedict XV (d. 1922), “is the secret of sanctity for all the faithful of the Catholic World – there is a call to all the faithful of every nation, no matter what their age, sex, or state of life, to enter wholeheartedly into the little way which led Sister Therese to the summit of heroic virtue.” ‘Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven’ (Mt. 18:3). “Give up your own will,” said Our Lady to St. Bridget of Sweden, “if you want to be little.”
“I want you to be very little,
because when you are little, I carry you close to My Heart.”
– Jesus to St. Faustina
“You can do nothing [Jn. 15:5], but I am here, I Who can do all [Mt. 19:26]. Therefore I wish to act in you after My good pleasure, for My glory and for your profit.”
– Jesus to St. Veronica Giuliani
“I AM THE GREAT SEA AND THE VAST OCEAN OF MERCY, WITHOUT BOTTOM OR LIMITS. I DESIRE YOU TO ABANDON YOURSELF TO ME WITHOUT RESERVE.”
– Jesus to Mother Anne–Margaret Clement
A Call to Souls
“Ah! if only they knew My Heart,” lamented Our Lord to Sr. Josefa Menendez; “mankind is ignorant of Its mercy and goodness: that is My greatest sorrow… I want to forgive. I want to reign over souls and pardon all nations. I want to rule souls, nations, the whole world.”
“I have immense treasures of grace for all,” said Our Lord to Sr. Benigna Consolata Ferrero: “and whoever comes to Me shall be overwhelmed with them… Knowest thou what souls profit most by My goodness? Those who trust the most. Trusting souls are the robbers of My graces. Write that the pleasure I take in the trusting soul is inexpressible… Thou canst not believe, O Benigna, the pleasure I experience in the office of Saviour; it is My happiness; and I make the most beautiful masterpieces precisely from souls that I have drawn from the lowest things, from the mud, because I have more material to work upon… My Benigna, the thirst I experience of saving the greatest possible number of souls, impels Me to seel generous ones whom I can associate in My work of love.”
“The world is running to the precipice, but I will stop it in its mad course with this little troop of generous souls who combat under My leadership.”
“… I often have the thought that I will be one of those blissful souls.”
– Ven. Maria Giuseppina Teresa Marcucci (d. 1960)
Meet some of the Littlest Souls: