St. Therese is a really good source for this . . . and being a victim soul is an aspect to her I’ve never seen discussed on these forums. Just a little bit of background, going from memory, for those who might not be familiar with this part of her story . . .
St. Therese was very aware of victim souls but she stated she never felt drawn to be one . . . at least not for the reason that was prevalent in her day (ie. justice). Rather, she found her motivation to make her offering as a victim for souls purely because of His Merciful Love. In doing so she changed the thinking of her day on this subject. She would not approach God in trembling and fear that she would be “smote” for the slightest transgression (i.e. a distorted sense of justice attributed to the heresy of Jansenism that was rampent in her day); rather she sought God with the confidence and love of a little child desiring to help everyone she came into contact with solely for His sake. Her emphasis on love, rather than justice in making her offering, imo, prefigured and laid the foundation for her would-be contemporary, St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy.
St. Therese embraced her offering to Merciful Love with a totality that staggers the imagination, if we but stop to ponder it. In fact, her offering to Merciful Love ushered in her great trial of faith that coincided with her illness. St. Therese at first reacted with joy to the realization of her illness; that she would soon be at home in her much longed for heaven with her beloved spouse. However, God deprived her of this last consolation – as he had all others.
Prior to this time, St. Therese simply did not believe that people would consciously choose to be sinners and remain happy with their lot. Now, as death approached, St. Therese was given illumination by God on this sad reality and found herself “mocked by the voice of sinners” telling her the long sought arrival in the “fatherland” was nothing but an “illusion” . . . that all that awaited her at death was complete and total “nothingness.”
That St. Therese was able to persevere under this trial – exteriorly acting as if nothing was wrong and providing hope and inspiration for others; while interiorly staggering under the weight of this terrible burden is perhaps one of the greatest testaments to pure faith that I can think of. She died in a state of complete annihilation; just as our Lord did.
This is the concept of the victim soul taken to the nth degree. While few of us will ever find ourselves ready to make an offering with the totality of a St. Therese; Joysong was good to point out that it was also St. Therese who shows the way everyone can make an offering of their “little” trials and sufferings for the good of others. This is one of the hallmarks of her Little Way.
Sorry for the rambling, but this is a subject that’s been on my mind for a while and this thread provided a convenient outlet for it :o