St. Therese of Lisieux was gifted with the ability to take the riches of our Catholic faith, and to explain them in a way that a child could imitate. The wisdom she gleaned from Scripture ignited a love in her heart for her Lord that was personal and transforming. The simplicity of the faith that she laid out in her writings is so completely CATHOLIC, that Pope Pius VII said, “She rediscovered the Gospel itself, the very heart of the Gospel.”
Walking With Purpose is intended to be a means by which women can honestly share their spiritual struggles, and embark on a journey that is refreshing to the soul. It was never intended to facilitate the deepest of intellectual study of Scripture. Instead, the focus has been to help women know Christ – to know His heart – to know His tenderness – to know His mercy – to know His love. Our logo is of a little flower, and that has a meaning. We recognize that when a woman begins to open her heart to God, it’s like the opening of a little flower. It can easily be bruised or crushed, and must be treated with the greatest of care. We desire to meet women where they are – baggage and all – and gently introduce truths that can change their lives. We don’t want to overwhelm with spiritual lists of “to-do’s” or intellectual study that can leave the heart out of the discussion. We want to keep it simple, but that doesn’t mean it lacks power to transform.
St. Therese of Lisieux, the little flower, called her doctrine “the little way of spiritual childhood” and it is based on complete and unshakeable confidence in God’s love for us. She was not introducing new truths. She spent countless hours in Scripture, and shared what she found. She was taking truths that had already been divinely revealed, and then stressed how very important they were. There is much we can learn from her.
“The good God would not inspire unattainable desires; I can then, in spite of my littleness, aspire to sanctity. For me to become greater is impossible; I must put up with myself just as I am with all my imperfections. But I wish to find the way to go to Heaven by a very straight, short, completely new little way. We are in a century of inventions: now one does not even have to take the trouble to climb the steps of a stairway; in the homes of the rich an elevator replaces them nicely. I, too, would like to find an elevator to lift me up to Jesus, for I am too little to climb the rough stairway of perfection. So I have looked in the books of the saints for a sign of the elevator I long for, and I have read these words proceeding from the mouth of eternal Wisdom: ‘He that is a little one, let him turn to me.’ So I came, knowing that I had found what I was seeking, and wanting to know, O my God, what You would do with the little one who would answer Your call, and this is what I found:
‘As one whom the mother caresses, so I will comfort you. You shall be carried at the breasts and upon the knees they shall caress you.’ Never have more tender words come to make my soul rejoice. The elevator which must raise me to the heavens is Your arms, O Jesus! For that I do not need to grow; on the contrary, I must necessarily remain small, become smaller and smaller. O my God, You have surpassed what I expected, and I want to sing Your mercies.”
~St. Therese of Lisieux