Memorial of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face

From the Office of Readings for this morning:

Tunc, summo delirántis ánimi gáudio, exclamávi: O Iesu, mi amor, vocatiónem meam tandem invéni: vocátio mea est amor. Utique, locum mihi próprium in Ecclésia invéni, locúmque istum tu mihi dedísti, mi Deus. In corde Ecclésiæ, matris meæ, ego amor ero, et ita ero ómnia, ac meum desidérium in rem deducétur. Then, beside myself with joy, I cried out: “O Jesus, my Love, I have found at last my vocation: my vocation is love. Yes, I have found my own place in the Church, and this place you have given me, my God. In the heart of the Church, my Mother, I will be love, and thus I will be all things, and my dream will be realized.

– St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Story of a Soul3104069085_fc68cb4cc1_o

Naturally, St. Thérèse did not write in Latin (or English) but in French. In honor of this youthful Ecclesiae Doctor, here is the French text:

“Alors, dans l’excès de ma joie délirante, je me suis écriée : O Jésus, mon Amour… ma vocation, enfin je l’ai trouvée, MA VOCATION, C’EST L’AMOUR !… Oui j’ai trouvé ma place dans l’Eglise et cette place, ô mon Dieu, c’est vous qui me l’avez donnée… dans le Coeur de l’Eglise, ma Mère, je serai l’AMOUR… ainsi je serai tout… ainsi mon rêve sera réalisé !”

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