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Should the occasion prove an appropriate one, she would even remind them of Purgatory, and that it was far better to suffer a little here than to make expiation in the next life.
As has been said, all the nuns without exception found her easy of approach when seeking corporal relief or spiritual solace.
It is said that the eyes are the windows of the soul and from out the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh!
There was the sweetest reflections of peace in the eyes of Mother Therese and since she had learned to keep her interior in order from tender childhood, her deep spirituality could not but reveal itself even in her very countenance and she showed, unknowingly however, that her heart was immersed in Him Whom she loved above all.
She liked her nuns to be always happy, always ready to smile, and if anyone of them would sadden over some trifling occurrences, she would remind her sweetly: "No long faces, Sister.
We cannot stand long faces." And it never took long for the culprit to be wreathed in smiles even though her cheeks were still wet with the dew of tears, because Mother Therese never hesitated to portray on her own dear countenance the picture of the "long face" before her.
Vocation to Carmel 3.1 Special Endowments 3.2 Carmel in Freiburg 3.3 Carmel in Naples 3.4 Father Elias Magennis, O. Arrival in Pennsylvania 5.1 Diocesan Approval 5.2 Arrival in Allentown 5.3 Saint Therese's Valley 6. Carm., Foundress of the Carmelite Monastery of Allentown, were exhumed during an expansion of the Monastery's mausoleum.
Mother Therese's Final Days 6.1 Her Last Good Friday 6.2 Easter Dawns 7. During this process, Mother Therese's body was found to be intact, 63 years after her burial.
Despite her mild temperament, she possessed a heart that was all on fire with zeal for God and her Order, so that she could truthfully say: "With zeal am I consumed for the Lord God of Hosts." ~ "SERVITE DOMINO IN LAETITIA" ~ Her expression was kindly and peaceful."God fits the back for the burden," Mother Therese would fondly declare both by speech and in the countless letters she had to write, which letters kept her sitting at her desk till way into the night.Truly wonderful it was how she managed to fulfill her busy days, week after week, month after month.Loaded down with the multiplicity of her important and ever increasing duties, she would lay aside everything in order to pour upon some saddened heart words of cheer and solace.Always bearing in mind that her first duty was to her nuns, she looked after everyone in such a manner that each Sister thought herself the special object of her maternal solicitude. Frequently she would say: God Alone suffices; God never changes. Trials would come and almost unbearable crosses; thorns, too, whose sharpness would have depressed a less valiant soul than hers; even the necessity of scaling Calvaryall this were her portions.
This unusual occurrence was reported in the news and has led many people to want to learn more about this beautiful Carmelite foundress.