What do our circumstances say about God?

God was working every angle to change our knowledge about who He is. We realized that our lives aren’t, in fact, a series of rewards for doing things “right.” They are strung-together surprises that continue to speak more of who He is than who we aren’t.
What if all of life, all of our understanding of God, starts—first—with Him?
But when God helped us see circumstances as the catalyst to a new understanding of Him, they became the testimony of Jesus in our lives.
Look! Not at what is happening to us but at what that says about God.
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Lessons from St. Therese

I have said Jesus does not wish me to ask again for what is my own. This ought to seem quite easy, for, in reality, nothing is mine. I ought, then, to be glad when an occasion arise which brings home to me the poverty to which I am vowed. I used to think myself completely detached, but since Our Lord’s words have become clear, I see that I am indeed very imperfect. 

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It is therefore not enough for me to give to whoever asks—I ought to anticipate the wish, and show myself glad to be of service; but if anything of mine be taken away, I should show myself glad to be rid of it.

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Verily, the reward is great even here on earth. In this path it is only the first step which cots. To lend without hope of being repaid seems hard; one would rather give outright, for what you give is no longer yours.

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The Divine precepts run contrary to our natural inclinations, and without the help of grace it would be impossible to understand them, far less to put them in practice. 

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St. Therese of Lisieux

It is even possible that what seems to me a fault, may very likely, on account of her good intention, be an act of virtue.

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It still checks any feelings of vanity, when I am praised, for I reflect that since my small acts of virtue can be mistaken for imperfections, why should not my imperfections be mistaken for virtue? 

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To give to everyone who asks is not so pleasant as to give of one’s own accord. If we are asked pleasantly, it is easy to give; but if we are asked discourteously, then, unless we are perfect in charity, there is an inward rebellion, and we find no end of excuses for refusing. Perhaps, after first pointing out the rudeness of the request, we make such a favour of consenting thereto, that the slight service takes far less time to perform than was lost in arguing the point. And if it is difficult to give to whosoever asks, it is far more difficult to let what belongs to us be taken without asking it again.  

St. Therese of Lisieux

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