These words from the Gospel of John were paraphrased by the Little Flower.
Each of us can appropriate these words of Jesus, applying them to a husband or a wife or children and friends — all those the Lord has entrusted to us. This is what St. Therese of the Child Jesus did. She was an instructor to novices without actually possessing the title and a devoted sister to two missionaries with whom she corresponded. With a certain degree of boldness, she prayed to the Father paraphrasing the words of Jesus:
“I’ve brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. I revealed your name to those you gave me. They were Yours and You have given them to me. They know that everything You have given to me comes from You. For I gave them the words You gave me. They accepted them and they believed that You sent me.” (Manuscript C, 34 r).
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