This one will tie into my blog entry...Roman Catholic Saints Were No Saints".
"When I was young, a relative bought me an old book called "Story of A Soul", my copy was an old edition in a red cover printed sometime in the 1930s. This was probably the last book my relative wanted to buy me in trying to keep me Catholic. In my ways this book led me away from who I thought God was. This is a book written by St. Therese of Lisieux who was also known as "The Little Flower of Jesus" and who was a Carmelite nun during the last years of her very short life. Remembering this book, I realized that Therese was a loving and earnest girl who sought after God, but from today's perspective, I know for a fact she was given a false god. She did not know the comfort of the Holy Spirit. She had no inkling of truth in Jesus Christ or of God's Word. She spoke often of "god" as bringing her suffering and how her suffering would save her.
In fact as I read this book as a youngster--I think I was around 8-10 or so, I found myself thinking "god" as an ogre. How could "he" be so cruel to Teresa? One sees in her book even the horrible Catholic outcome of people turning to Mary for comfort and solace, while "god" brings nothing but suffering. In fact in the first chapter she entrusts her book to "my darling Mother" [who of course is Mary].
Here this is an example of a Catholic being led away from the comfort of the one true God.[2 Cr 1:3] Like so many of these saints, they have communion with a false "jesus" that tells them to make themselves victims and seek their salvation through their own suffering and works rather then trusting in Jesus Christ. Rather then trusting in the promises of the Bible where we are promised life more abundantly through Jesus Christ and joy....many of these saints seek after their own suffering led by a false "christ". Just read this from a writing about St. Teresa...
"On 9 June of the same year 1895, the feast of the Blessed Trinity, she received a very special grace during Mass, and felt within herself an urge to offer herself as a holocaust victim to Merciful Love. After Mass she took me with her to mother prioress; she seemed beside herself and did not say a word. When we found Mother Agnes, for it was she who was then prioress, she asked her if both of us could offer ourselves as victims to Merciful Love, and gave her a short explanation of what that meant. Mother Agnes was at a loss; she did not seem to understand too well what was going on, but she had such confidence in Sister Thrse's discretion that she gave her full permission. It was then that she composed the act called 'An Offering to Love', which she carried next to her heart ever afterwards."Consider how this is a twisted presentation of "god's" love...God's Love does not destroy it heals. This is an example of Teresa being in delusion from a false spirit leading her away from the true nature of God.
"In order to live in one single act of perfect Love, I OFFER MYSELF AS A VICTIM OF HOLOCAUST TO YOUR MERCIFUL LOVE, Asking You to consume me incessantly, allowing the waves of infinite tenderness shut up within You to overflow into my soul, and that thus I may become a martyr of Your Love, O my God!"One thing about Catholic saints, who are deceived and following Satan, is they are led to unwholesome and self destructive tendencies. St. Therese looked to her own sufferings and over and over. One horrid example was refusing to kill flies that hovered and crawled on her while she was ill.
From Mother Agnes's notes "[The flies tormented her, but she wouldn't kill them:] "I always give them freedom. They alone have caused me misery during my sickness. I have no enemies, and since God recommends that we pardon our enemies, I'm happy to find this opportunity for doing so."Here too from the same link, read her love of "suffering for sufferings sake". Now Christians may have to go through tribulation and suffering for the gospel, but this is something else entirely:
"I have found happiness and joy on earth, but solely in suffering, for I've suffered very much here below; you must make it known to souls . . . "Since my First Communion, since the time I asked Jesus to change all the consolations of this earth into bitterness for me, I had a perpetual desire to suffer.* "Consider these words of Jesus Christ, regarding a lady who wants all "consolations of this earth changed into bitterness" Jhn 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly. This doesn't mean that everyone who dies young is wicked or doing wrong, but St. Therese definitely was led to harm her health as you read her life story, leading to her very early death at the age of 24. So as I read this book on Therese's life, as a young child, I found myself led away from "god". I saw a young nice girl loved by her parents, who was literally being *tortured* by who she believed was "god". This poor girl, already had demonic influences in her life early on as she was healed supposedly from a statue of Mary smiling at her. One can see it in her eyes.
This lead me to doubt very early on what was presented to me as being "Christian" as a young child. This is just one example of one Catholic "saint" led into deceptions by the false "christ" and false gospel in Catholicism. There are many other examples, but St. Therese follows many of the same paths they take...which include signing on to many false attributes of "god" contrary to God's Word and seeking salvation or salvation of others via their own suffering. When witnessing to Catholics, God's Word can wipe away some of the deception as you share with them true attributes of God as a loving Father, instead of someone who would lead a young girl into this deep of deception. Many Catholics are trained to look to these saints as examples growing up of what holiness is, I know I was. From a biblical standpoint and after one is born again, one realizes how very lost they were and what a tragedy this is.