Even Saints have faults.

February 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

Peter-Thomas Rohrbach, in “The Search for St. Thérèse,” questions whether St. Thérèse’s decision to refuse God nothing made her a child without fault.  In response he writes,

 

 “She continued to have faults and defects throughout her youth, and even on into her adult years, and perhaps even till her death.  These failings disturbed Thérèse, and it was only after she had become a nun that the Franciscan retreat master, Père Alexis, assured her that her faults did not displease God.  Thérèse’s failings, of course, are what the theologians call “involuntary imperfections,” those faults of temper and unkindness and selfishness and moodiness which plague us all our lives.  They are faults found in the most spiritual of people, faults which often are blameless in God’s sight since they are not committed deliberately or consciously.”

 

 Shortly, he then writes, “Thérèse was blameless in God’s sight, but she was not a perfect person, in the absolute sense of the word.”

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