Monday, December 31, 2012
What Is The One Thing Needful?
So I am brought up short by a tiny gem buried in the Catechism (CCC, 127), or maybe I should say flower petal. It’s a quote about the Gospels from The Little Flower herself, Thérèse of Lisieux. In her autobiography, the saint wrote:
“Above all it’s the Gospels that occupy my mind when I’m at prayer; my poor soul has so many needs, and yet this is the one thing needful. I’m always finding fresh lights there, hidden and enthralling meanings.”
The saints—especially Thérèse—put things on such a simple footing. If she ever studied the CCC (19th-century French version) it may have been as a little girl reciting the rote answers to the questions of the nuns. But she didn’t need anything more advanced.
She had an eye open to “fresh lights,” a heart hungry for “hidden and enthralling meanings.”