Shortly before her death, St. Therese, “the greatest Saint of modern times” (St. Pope Pius X), spoke these prophetic words: “I will spend my heaven doing good on earth. I will let fall a shower of roses.”
And what a shower it has been! Since her death in 1897, Almighty God has used this young Saint – “Little Therese,” as she likes to be called – to confound the proud; to restore hope to despairing souls; to encourage the timid; to inspire; and most of all, to remind sinful and weak humanity that God is our loving Father, without Whom we can do nothing (John 15:5), but with Whom we can do all things (Matthew 19:26).
“… I tell everything to LITTLE SOULS; they deprive Me of nothing; they direct all praise, honour, and glory to Me alone.”
– Jesus to Sr. Consolata Betrone (d. 1946)
St. Therese reminds us that the “little way” of spiritual childhood is the only way to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:3). She reminds us that, however sinful our past, however weak we may be, the Sacred Heart of Jesus is always open to us.
“Yea I have loved thee with everlasting love, therefore have I drawn thee, taking pity on thee.”
– Jeremiah 31:3
God loves us so much – far more than we can imagine. “My Benigna,” said Jesus to Sr. Benigna Consolata, “I thirst for the love of My creatures.” “Ah!” lamented Our Lord to Sr. Josefa Menendez, “If only they knew My Heart…mankind is ignorant of Its mercy and goodness: that is My greatest sorrow.”
In a revelation to Servant of God Yvonne Aimée (d. 1951), St. Therese said:
“You will help me to shower roses on the Earth.”
It is my hope that this blog will, in some small way, contribute to this shower of roses. The purpose of “Littlest Souls” – a term coined by Sr. Consolata Betrone – is to spread the message of the “little way” – especially by means of promoting the message of the Divine Mercy.
“I want you to be very little, because when you are little, I carry you close to My Heart.”
– Jesus to St. Faustina (Diary, 1481)
“Give up your own will, if you want to be little.”
– Our Lady to St. Bridget (Bk 4, Ch 18)
BOOKS USED FOR LITTLEST SOULS:
‘Words of Love’ by Fr. Bartholomew Gottemoller (TAN Books and Publishers)
‘Jesus Appeals to the World: From the Writings of Sister Consolata Betrone’ by Fr. Lorenzo Sales (Saint Pauls)
‘Diary of St. Faustina’ by Sr. Faustina Kowalska (Marian Press)
**In addition to these books, a number of quotes have been taken from books that are in the public domain
If you wish to share this site (e.g. on your blog) then feel free to do so – not for my benefit, but “for God and souls,” as St. Faustina might say.
NOTE: The articles on this site have been written – and will continue to be written – with the scrupulous or timid soul in mind.
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!