At the Discalced Carmelite Monastery, celebrating the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, Carmelite Father Jude Peters offered four simple steps for holiness.
Recalling some advice from Therese "Little way," Father Peters said, "Just keep trying. Even if we never see progress, get up and try again. Few of us can be saints like Mother Teresa of Calcutta or Pope John Paul II, but we can all identify with St. Therese."
For the second step, don't know how to love people? Begin by smiling, refrain from complaining, do something for someone, especially for those with whom we don't get along. We learn to love by loving.
For the third step, Father Peters suggested, "Prayer doesn't have to be complicated, a surge of the heart, a simple look toward Heaven, embracing both trial and joy. God is simple," Father Peters continued. "He is just happy we show up to spend time with Him. It doesn't matter if we get distracted, keep trying."
For the fourth step, Father Peters emphasized "Focus on loving God, not on your faults. We have to love Him without looking at ourselves, without examining our faults too much. St. Therese shows us that while becoming a saint is not easy, it is so simple," he pointed out.
Joining in the Carmelite celebration was Father Conley Bertrand who was concelebrant with Father Peters.