Seventh Day:  Generosity

“A Saint has said, ‘The greatest honour God can bestow upon a soul is not to give it great things but to ask of it great things.’” – St Therese

When offering up our petitions to God we must also remember that He has an absolute right to claim everything that we ourselves can give Him.  If we are prepared willingly and generously to give Him all that He asks of us, even unto bitter sacrifice, He Himself will certainly not be outdone in generosity.  “Let us give and give again, and give royally, never forgetting that our Beloved is a Hidden Treasure which few souls know how to find.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be….

V. St Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray

O God, Who has seen fit to honour Your Servant Therese with the veneration of the Faithful, grant to us by Your grace to imitate her in her generous service of You, and in Your Mercy grant to us through her the favours we ask of You.  Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

St Therese of the Child Jesus, hear our prayers and obtain for us all we ask.

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Text from the Little Way Association

 

Eighth Day:  Sacrifice

“Our Divine Lord asks no sacrifice beyond our strength.” – St Therese

The true spirit of petition is that which asks for things only in order that it may give more fully in return.  Let us ask God to increase our strength that we may more willingly present our work and our sacrifices to Him.  Let us remain steadfast when God seems to withhold His favours.  “One cannot attain the end without adopting the means, and as Our Lord made me understand that it was by the Cross He would give me souls, the more crosses I met with the stronger grew my attraction to suffering.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be….

V. St Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray

O God, Who disposes all things wisely, increase our trust in You: strengthen us in Your Love: and grant that through the example of Saint Therese we may be resigned to Your Will and receive Your Gifts with the gratitude of devoted children.  Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

St Therese of the Child Jesus, hear our prayers and obtain for us all we ask.

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Ninth Day:  Resignation

 

“Whatever has come from God’s Hands has always pleased me.” St Therese

St Therese, like every true saint, lived in conformity to the Divine Will.  Thus, as we make here our intercessor, so must we make her our model.  Let us then ask God for whatever we need, and let us always be pleased with whatever He gives us, so that in offering our petitions we leave them unreservedly to His Eternal Wisdom, and to His Infinite Goodness and Love.  “I leave myself in the Arms of Our Lord.  He teaches me to draw profit from everything, from the good and from the bad which He finds in me … I have but to surrender myself wholly to Him, to do so without reserve, without even the satisfaction of knowing what it is all bringing to me.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be….

V. St Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray

O God, Whose thoughts are not as our thoughts and whose ways are not as our ways, grant our petitions through the intercession of St Therese, if thye be for our good.  Grant that in all things we may be conformed to Your Will and established in Your Love.  Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

St Therese of the Child Jesus, hear our prayers and obtain for us all we ask.

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Were it not for the Franciscans (and indeed the Dominicans and Jesuits), St Teresa of Avila, the founder of the Discalced Carmelites would not have been able to recognise the wonderful gifts she had been given by God.  She was convinced that the devil was playing tricks on her by giving her such tremendous gifts in prayer.  She eventually came to realise he had no power over her and said: 'I don't understand these fears, "The devil! The devil!, when we can say "God! God!, and make the devil tremble.'

Teresa first came to truly understand the nature of prayer and recollection through the reading of the Franciscan spiritual writer, Francis of Osuna's Third Spiritual Alphabet.  Through this she learnt how to pray and focus her attentions on Christ.  Later it was by way of speaking with St Peter of Alcantara, a devout Franciscan living the primitive rule of St Francis that she found the confirmation that she was being called by God to do great works for Him.  St Peter understood her experiences in prayer and through his own experience, he was able to explain things to her, to comfort her and to encourage her in her calling.  She even had a vision of him after his death - he appeared to her while she was working on the setting up of her first convent, St Joseph's.  In the vision he assured her that the Lord would be very well served in the new monastery and the devil was trying to interfere to prevent it. 

Teresa herself having gained so much from learning from the prayer lives of the Franciscans amongst others, passes on her experiences to us to help us learn to pray and to obtain the great good that prayer gives us.  She was declared a doctor of the Church in 1970 in recognition of her valuable contribution to the exercise of prayer.

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