Title: What Does It Take To Make Love Last A Lifetime?
And this list is far away of being complete!
These words of St. Thérèse are often cited as explaining the commonvocation of all persons. Every person is called to love, and finds hisfulfillment in love. And yet St. Thérèse seems to consider that she hasfound her vocation in love. Some persons are called tobe eyes for the Church, others to be hands, others to be feet... herplace is in the Church's heart. Some are called to be teachers, somehealers, some helpers... she is called to be a lover.
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Is there a contradiction between these two ways of understanding? Dowe have to choose, and say either that love is the common vocation ofus all, or that it is the special vocation of St. Thérèse, and perhapssome other Carmelites? Is her little way of love really possible andmeaningful for those who cannot devote themselves to her way of life,for those who have a family, and cannot be a “spouse of Christ” etc.?