So writes Christina Chase, the twenty-first century Thérèse of Lisieux whose “littleness” is as humble as that of the Little Flower, and whose spiritual power is, by every discernible measure, of comparable intensity. Crippled though she is, Christina's fearful disabilities have led her not into anger, bitterness, or despair, but rather into a profound and exceptional encounter with God's love itself—an encounter that you, too, can experience through the gentle allure of Christina's witness.
Locked now for decades within her own fragile, helpless body, Christina has been graced with extraordinary insights into the similar helplessness of Jesus, the majestic King of the Universe, who, when born of the Virgin Mary, became just like Christina today—unable to feed Himself or even lift His head. From that littleness – hers and His – Christina here draws forth a marvelous wisdom that shows that as creatures, we are all, in one sense or another, paralyzed.
None of us can exist apart from limitations and boundaries.
None of us can walk through this life unaided.
In the presence of God, not a single one of us can even stand.
But no matter! For out of infinite love for us and to save us, Jesus chose to join us in our littleness, exposing Himself to the limitations of time and space and circumstance, even unto His death on the Cross. The sweet sufferer Christina has assimilated this saving truth, which shines forth from these consoling pages for all of humanity to feel.
Read these pages by wheelchair-bound Christina to discover how much Jesus loves you, no matter how little and crippled you are, spiritually or otherwise.
Yes, He loves you!
Meditating on this stunning fact yields a joy that transcends the greatest physical or mental suffering – a joy that is Christina's, despite her abject physical state, and a joy that can, with the help of these pages, be yours as well.
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Table of Contents
Crippled: A Preface xi
1 Here I Am, Lord
Fearfully and Wonderfully 5
God So Loved the World 9
Among the Smells and Ills 21
Childlike Wonder 25
2 This Is My Beloved
Finding Out about Christina 31
Into the Desert 41
In the Beginning 49
3 If You Will It, Lord
Why Are You Thinking Such Things in Your Heart? 61
Begging Bowls: Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit 69
Ask and You Shall Receive-Sort Of 71
4 See, I Am Doing Something New
Joy: "Why Are You So Happy?" 79
Closer to God: The Story of Zacchaeus 85
Casting into the Deep 89
And He Loved Them to the End 97
5 No Greater Love
The Way of the Cross 105
My Soul to the Netherworld 117
6 A Place for You
The Hope of Heaven 121
Glorified Wounds: Suffer These Things and Enter into His Glory 129
Weird and Wonderful: The Essence of the Ascension 133
The Assumption and Every Body 137
7 I Will Be with You Always
Good News 147
Sitting in the Back and the Real Presence 151
Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant 155
The Strawberry and the Sacred Heart of Jesus 165