|St. Therese at age 13 (photo credit: Wikipedia).
More fearful than standing before a large audience to deliver a speech, is standing before God. We fear being found unworthy and sinful. We need only look to the Gospels to dispel our fears. Christ welcomed all to approach who felt unworthy because of their state in life or sinfulness. They needed only call out His name or beg His mercy to approach and be healed.
St. Thérèse teaches that we should have complete trust in the merciful love of Jesus. His divine heart is irresistibly inclined to pour out its mercy without measure on the abject and the lowly.
We are to approach Christ in “trustful humility” with our sinfulness, brokenness, and imperfections before us. Through His mercy our sins will be forgiven, our brokenness healed, and our imperfections refined.
In “trustful humility” we should offer ourselves as an “empty vessel” to be filled with the love of God and ultimately absorbed in love in Him. We should never fear His loving mercy. We should approach unhindered, to embrace His merciful love.
Michael blogs at To Love and Truth.