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Courage is Overrated

This week's spoonful comes from Counsels and Reminiscences of Soeur Thérèse, the little flower of Jesus, now revered as St. Thérèse of Lisieux. It is available as a downloadable gift when you donate to Spiritual-Encyclopedia.com.

I was distressed at my want of courage, and Soeur Thérèse said to me: "You are complaining of what should be your greatest happiness. If you fought only when you felt eagerness, where would be your merit? What does it matter, even if you are devoid of courage, provided you act as though you possessed it? If you feel too lazy to pick up a bit of thread, and yet do so for love of Jesus, you acquire more merit than for a much nobler action done in a moment of fervour. Instead of grieving, be glad that, by allowing you to feel your own weakness, Our Lord is furnishing you with an opportunity of saving a greater number of souls."

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