We are living now in an age of inventions, and we no longer have to take the trouble of climbing stairs, for, in the homes of the rich, an elevator has replaced these very successfully. I wanted to find an elevator which would raise me to Jesus , for I am too small to climb the rough stairway of perfection. I searched, then, in the Scriptures for some sign of this elevator, the object of my desires, and I read these words coming from the mouth of Eternal Wisdom: “Whoever is a LITTLE ONE, let him come to me.” And so I succeeded. I felt I had found what I was looking for. But wanting to know, O my God, what Your would do to the very little one who answered Your call, I continued my search and this is what I discovered: “As one whom a mother caresses, so will I comfort you; you shall be carried at the breasts, and upon the knees they shall caress you.” Ah! Never did the words more tender and more melodious come to give joy to my soul. The elevator which must raise me to heaven in Your arms, O Jesus! And for this I had no need to grow up, but rather I had to remain little and become this more and more.
Each day of this novena, I invite you to join me in reflecting upon a quote from Scripture that reminds us of our littleness before God. We understand that some of these quotes were the ones found by St. Therese on her search through the Bible. Others may have inspired her, but we will never know for certain.
St. Therese Novena Day One
Scriptural Quote of the Day:
“Whoever is a little one, let him come to me.”
(“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here.”)
Novena Prayer here.
Caution about littleness and humility here.
Bible quotes from the RSV – Catholic Edition.