The middle school youth will examine the life of St. Therese of Lisieux and our need for humility.
HUMILITY : Humility could possibly be one of the most underrated characteristics needed for following Christ’s call. St. Therese’s entire life and faith was based upon the belief she must have the faith of a child if she is to understand who God is. When we were children, we simply believed in the love of God. Humility allows us to approach our faith with the kind of self-surrender that St. Therese wrote about. Humility allows us to recognize our sinfulness and our weakness and to place them before our loving God. It is important that we teach our middle school youth of the beauty of humility. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that,
“‘Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God’ But when we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or ‘out of the depths’ of a humble and contrite heart? He who humbles himself will be exalted; humility is the foundation of prayer, Only when we humbly acknowledge that ‘we do not know how to pray as we ought,’ are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. ‘Man is a beggar before God’” (#2559).