01 Ep #494 St. Thérèse of Lisieux and The Little Way

Healing the heart is about memory and emotion. Whatever and wherever our painful memories and emotions from the past are, they influence our present and future through our inner child. Learning to love the demanding, controlling little you that still screams for attention and protection in your present and future can be challenging, but it is possible, and Jesus teaches it is necessary. 

“Unless you become like little children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matt 18:3).

Sometimes your hurt is too early to recall, only feel, as in womb experiences or pre-verbal, pre-self-aware implicit memory. Can we reach that deeply? St. Thérèse Lisieux shows us a way, The Little Way. We become little again.


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L | Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.)


O | Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

You have an inner child. I have an inner child. We all do. Your inner child has a super-sensitive “antenna” that has been picking up messages way before it was even self-aware or able to fully understand or process events and emotions, mentally and emotionally. Like little Thérèse, your inner child holds emotions, memories and beliefs from the past as well as hopes and dreams for the future. Does St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s Little Way sound attractive to you so far?

V | Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.

E | Entrust (Rest in the Word.)

May it be done to me according to your Word. Amen +

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What We Discussed | Show Notes


Minutes 00:00-12:00 – Thérèse of Lisieux’s early years through the trauma of her mother’s death

Minutes 12:01-24:00 – Christmas conversion, the “little victory”

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – The Little Way and the Little Flower

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – the convent and her love of and preference for Scripture


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