I will try to find a new way to heaven, quite short and direct. We live in an age of inventions. We need no longer climb laboriously up flights of stairs; in well-to-do houses there are lifts. And I was determined to find a lift to carry me to Jesus, for I was far too small to climb the steep stairs of perfection. So I sought in Holy Scripture some idea of what this life I wanted would be, and I read these words, “Whosoever is a little one, let him come to me.” It is your arms, O Jesus, that are the lift to carry me to heaven. And so there is no need for me to grow up. I must stay little and become less and less.
– St. Therese of Lisieux
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