I’m like St. Therese!

Yes, like Saint Therese (of Lisieux)! I’m not from France and don’t speak any French. I also didn’t loose my mom at a very young age. I don’t have siblings who entered the convent and I didn’t visit the Pope to ask permission to enter a religious order when I was 16. I’m 24, but hopefully I won’t die this year like she did when she was 24. I’m not famous and I’m not a saint. But there’s at least one thing we both share: we have the same vocation!

Don’t be too shocked. I’m not telling you that I feel called to enter the Carmelite Sisters. I don’t know yet where God is calling me after Life Teen Missions and that’s totally fine.

But God revealed something else about my vocation as single missionary: my vocation is to love! These are exactly the words of St. Therese: “My vocation is to love!”. And guess what: it’s not only my vocation, but YOUR vocation as well!

God calls us to love Him and everyone we meet in everything we do. It’s very simple. It doesn’t matter what we do in our daily lives: if we study, work, are married, have kids, are single or living religious life. No matter what our state of life is: we are called to do everything we do with love. We have to spread God’s love in the world with everything we have. God wants to use us to spread His love in this world. He wants us to be visible signs of His love to the people we see everyday. How do we do that? By simply doing everything we do with love.

Pretty simple isn’t it? Simple, but not easy. The good news: God loves us so much that He will give us everything we need to be able to love. The only thing we need to do is ask Him; have confidence in Him and ask Him for the grace we need. He will give it to us because He will never ask us to do anything without giving us the grace we need.

Confidence is what it’s all about. Saint Therese is a great example of confidence: she simply turned to God and told Him that she couldn’t do it alone and trusted that He would help her. Ask, Trust and Love. Simple and beautiful.

Are you ready to live out your vocation to love?

St. Therese, pray for us!

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I was born in the South of The Netherlands and God led me to America to become a Life Teen Missionary in September 2011. I love reading, crafts and movies, but most of all: I'm in love with Jesus! I love to serve Him as a Life Teen Missionary in Atlanta this year! Feel free to e-mail me at [email protected]