Thérèse of Lisieux lived to be only 24 years old but has been called the greatest saint of the contemporary world. She called all followers of Jesus to be small child-like believers. She believed, rightly so, that becoming a saint by way of rigorous adherence to the standards of holiness is just plain too hard for us. Of course, you’d have to want to become a saint in the first place. That’s not so for all of us. Right?
But for those who have this strange desire for sainthood laying about in their hearts and minds the idea of becoming like Francis of Assisi is a bit daunting, to say the least! Thérèse said:
I have always wanted to be a saint. Alas! I have always noticed that when I compared myself to the saints, there is between them and me the same difference that exists between a mountain whose summit is lost in the clouds and the obscure grain of sand trampled underfoot by the passers-by. Instead of becoming discouraged, I said to myself: God cannot inspire unrealizable desires. I can then, in spite of my littleness, aspire to holiness. It is impossible for me to grow up, and so I must bear with myself such as I am with all my imperfections. But I want to seek out a means of going to heaven by a little way, a way that is very straight, very short, and totally new. . . I wanted to find an elevator. . .Story Of A Soul: the Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. A New Translation from the Original Manuscripts by John Clarke, O.C.D. Washington, D.C. : ICS Publications, 1976, p. 207.