The spirituality of St Therese

posted 4 Oct 2010, 05:57 by Stefan Gigacz
St Thérèse of Lisieux was made the YCW patron in 1929 by Pope Pius XI. She was committed to the everyday, ordinary experiences of life, discovering God in them and offering her work and life to Him. In this way, the Pope, by making her our Patron, recognised how Thérèse's own story is an example for every Young Christian Worker.

Offering her daily tasks to God, known as her "Little Way", fits well with the YCW's See-Judge-Act.

The Saint's vision of finding God in the small everyday things of daily life, is given a practical tool in our Review of Life Method, helping us as YCWs to see where God is acting, and to act with Him, in our everyday tasks. St Thérèse's "Little Way" is nothing more complicated than recognising that holiness is not to be found only in dramatic martyrdom or major sacrifice, but in accepting the irksome little things and minor sacrifices which are part of each day.

This quiet acceptance of what goes against our will, "mortifications", or "offering it up" formed a major part of traditional Catholicism. We can, for instance, get up the minute the alarm goes off, rather than having another five minutes in bed; when the bus is late, or we are late for the bus, we can give that time to God, or do something useful with it, rather than huffing and cursing.

Most important of all, for YCWs, we can use our work as a way to holiness, whatever our work is - study, seeking work, or work itself.


"The Remains of a Burnt-out Love" - Relics of our Patron visit the UK( (YCW Impact)