“During the time following her request to be admitted to the Carmel in Lisieux, but before she was granted permission to do so, Thérèse ‘gave herself up more and more to a serious, mortified life’1. ‘When I say mortified, I do not mean the penances practiced by the saints. Far from resembling those heroic souls who from their childhood practiced severe bodily penances, I made mine consist simply in checking my self-will, keeping back an impatient answer, rendering little services to those about me in an unobtrusive way, and a thousand other things of this kind. By the practice of these trifles, I prepared myself to become the spouse of Christ, and I can never tell how much this delay made me grow in self-surrender, humility and other virtues.’2

1  Autobiography, Chapter VI.
2 Ibid.

Quoted from the The Message of Thérèse of Lisieux by M.M. Philipon – page 9

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