In the Heart of the Church

“Charity gave me the key to my vocation. I understood that if the Church has a body composed of different members, the noblest and most necessary of all the members would not be lacking to her. I understood that the Church has a heart, and that this heart burns with Love. I understood that Love alone makes its members act, that if this Love were to be extinguished, the Apostles would no longer preach the Gospel, the Martyrs would refuse to shed their blood. I understood that Love embraces all vocations, that Love is all things, that it embraces all times and all places… in a word, that it is eternal!”

These words of St. Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church, were written by her, in her autobiography, when she was describing the time she had discovered her vocation in the Church. She further elucidated the aforementioned words by exclaiming that she was ecstatic with joy, as follows:

“Then in the excess of my delirious joy, I cried out: ‘O Jesus, my Love, at last I have found my vocation, my vocation is Love!…Yes, I have found my place in the Church, and it is you, O my God, who have given me this place… in the heart of the Church, my Mother, I will be Love!…. Thus I shall be all things: thus my dream shall be realized.'”

On the page of this website entitled The Father’s Heart, much is written about the definition of the word “heart.” The chief meaning being that it is the central, innermost, important, and basic part of something. This also applies to Holy Mother Church. The deposit of Faith is central and anything done in her Name must come out of that truth. Such is the intent of any consideration within this website regarding devotions or dedication to God the Father. That is the reason why looking at the Church Fathers and other official documents is important.