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St. Therese Of Lisieux’s Love For The Blessed Sacrament 

St. Therese Of Lisieux’s Love For The Blessed Sacrament 

St. Therese’s Love For The Blessed Sacrament.

In her autobiographical manuscripts, Saint Therese of Lisieux fondly recalls the celebrations of Corpus Christi in her childhood.

“I loved especially the processions in honor of the Blessed Sacrament. What a joy it was for me to throw flowers beneath the feet of God! Before allowing them to fall to the ground, I threw them as high as I could, and I was never so happy as when I saw my roses touch the sacred monstrance”.

Later, she will strip her life at the feet of Jesus, as an offering of love. She sang it, in a poetry that is called “To Scatter Flowers” which goes like this:

To Scatter Flowers.

O Jesus! O my Love! Each eve I come to fling

Before Thy sacred Cross sweet flowers of all the year.

By these plucked petals bright, my hands how gladly bring,

I long to dry Thine every tear!

To scatter flowers! that means each sacrifice,

My lightest sighs and pains, my heaviest, saddest hours,

My hopes, my joys, my prayers, I will not count the price.

Behold my flowers!

With deep, untold delight Thy beauty fills my soul.

Would I might light this love in hearts of all who live!

For this, my fairest flowers, all things in my control,

How fondly, gladly I would give!

To scatter flowers! – behold my chosen sword

For saving sinners’ souls and filling heaven’s bowers.

The victory is mine: yes, I disarm Thee, Lord,

With these my flowers!

The petals in their flight caress Thy Holy Face;

They tell Thee that my heart is Thine, and Thine alone.

Thou knowest what these leaves are saying in my place;

On me Thou smilest from Thy throne.

To scatter flowers! that means, to speak of Thee,

My only pleasure here, where tears fill all the hours;

But soon, with angel hosts, my spirit shall be free,

To scatter flowers!

(June 28, 1896).

St. Therese Of Lisieux Prayer For Priests And Missionaries To Snatch Souls From The Devil

St. Therese Of Lisieux Prayer For Priests And Missionaries To Snatch Souls From The Devil

Prayer For Priests And Missionaries To Snatch Souls From The Devil.

My dear Jesus, by Thy most loving Heart, I implore Thee to inflame with zeal for Thy love and glory all the priests of the world, all missionaries, and those whose office it is to preach Thy word. Inflamed with this zeal, may they snatch souls from the devil and lead them into the shelter of Thy Heart, where they may glorify Thee forever.

Amen.

(This prayer was received by Sr Josefa Menendez from Our Lord, who said to her: “Repeat these words every day”).

On entering the convent, Therese was asked to state the reasons she chose the life of Carmel. Her answer was couched in simple though meaningful words: 

“I have come to save souls and especially to pray for priests.” 

Therese, needed no one to tell her of the dignity and the responsibility of the priesthood. The Holy Ghost had secretly instructed her in this important lesson. She saw that by praying for one priest, she could benefit thousands of souls to whom that priest would minister. She had learned on her trip to Rome that priests were human and subject to temptations as are other mortals. She perceived that Satan is especially anxious to bring about the ruin of a priest because the priest never falls alone, but drags thousands of other souls with him to perdition. It was equally evident to her that the good priest was a source of special joy to the Sacred Heart of Christ. By praying for priests, she would be multiplying the number of souls that she might offer to the Thirst of Christ. She had something real, something definite, something noble, something far-reaching and far-embracing for which to pray and suffer.

Saint Therese of Lisieux Daily Prayer for Priests.

O Almighty Eternal God, Look upon the face of Thy Christ, and for the love of Him, Who is the Eternal High Priest, have pity on Thy priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the Bishop’s hands. Keep them close to Thee, lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

O Jesus, I pray to Thee, for Thy faithful and fervent priests, for Thy unfaithful and tepid priests, for Thy priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields, for Thy tempted priests, for Thy lonely and desolate priests, for Thy young priests, for Thy aged priests, for Thy sick priests, for Thy dying priests, for the souls of Thy priests in purgatory.

But above all, I commend to Thee the priests dearest to me, the priest who baptized me, the priests who absolved me from my sins, the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Thy Body and Blood in Holy Communion, the priests who taught and instructed me or helped and encouraged me, all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, particularly [name a particular priest of your choosing here]. O Jesus, keep them all close to Thy heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.

Source:

(The Life Of The Little Flower By Rev. Albert M. Hutting, Imprimatur: Most Reverend Edward Mooney, Archbishop of Detroit July 8, 1941).

St. Therese Of Lisieux Prayer For Priests And Missionaries To Snatch Souls From The Devil

St. Therese Of Lisieux Prayer For Priests And Missionaries To Snatch Souls From The Devil

Prayer For Priests And Missionaries To Snatch Souls From The Devil.

My dear Jesus, by Thy most loving Heart, I implore Thee to inflame with zeal for Thy love and glory all the priests of the world, all missionaries, and those whose office it is to preach Thy word. Inflamed with this zeal, may they snatch souls from the devil and lead them into the shelter of Thy Heart, where they may glorify Thee forever.

Amen.

(This prayer was received by Sr Josefa Menendez from Our Lord, who said to her: “Repeat these words every day”).

On entering the convent, Therese was asked to state the reasons she chose the life of Carmel. Her answer was couched in simple though meaningful words: 

“I have come to save souls and especially to pray for priests.” 

Therese, needed no one to tell her of the dignity and the responsibility of the priesthood. The Holy Ghost had secretly instructed her in this important lesson. She saw that by praying for one priest, she could benefit thousands of souls to whom that priest would minister. She had learned on her trip to Rome that priests were human and subject to temptations as are other mortals. She perceived that Satan is especially anxious to bring about the ruin of a priest because the priest never falls alone, but drags thousands of other souls with him to perdition. It was equally evident to her that the good priest was a source of special joy to the Sacred Heart of Christ. By praying for priests, she would be multiplying the number of souls that she might offer to the Thirst of Christ. She had something real, something definite, something noble, something far-reaching and far-embracing for which to pray and suffer.

Saint Therese of Lisieux Daily Prayer for Priests.

O Almighty Eternal God, Look upon the face of Thy Christ, and for the love of Him, Who is the Eternal High Priest, have pity on Thy priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the Bishop’s hands. Keep them close to Thee, lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

O Jesus, I pray to Thee, for Thy faithful and fervent priests, for Thy unfaithful and tepid priests, for Thy priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields, for Thy tempted priests, for Thy lonely and desolate priests, for Thy young priests, for Thy aged priests, for Thy sick priests, for Thy dying priests, for the souls of Thy priests in purgatory.

But above all, I commend to Thee the priests dearest to me, the priest who baptized me, the priests who absolved me from my sins, the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Thy Body and Blood in Holy Communion, the priests who taught and instructed me or helped and encouraged me, all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, particularly [name a particular priest of your choosing here]. O Jesus, keep them all close to Thy heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.

Source:

(The Life Of The Little Flower By Rev. Albert M. Hutting, Imprimatur: Most Reverend Edward Mooney, Archbishop of Detroit July 8, 1941).

4 Tips For Growing In Holiness Inspired By St. Thérèse Of Lisieux

4 Tips For Growing In Holiness Inspired By St. Thérèse Of Lisieux

🌹 4 tips for growing in holiness inspired🌹 by St. Thérèse:

1. Just keep trying to become a saint:

“The good God does not demand more from you than good will…Soon, won over by your useless efforts, He will come down Himself and, taking you in His arms, He will carry you up.”

The key to growing in holiness is that we continue to try. Even if we never see progress in ourselves, if we get up every time we fall and begin again, God is pleased with that. If we saw our progress, we might think it’s because of our own efforts that we grow in virtue. The inability to see our growth keeps us depending on God.

2. Don’t know how to love people? Begin by loving.

“I must seek out…the company of sisters who are the least agreeable to me…I want to be friendly to everybody to give joy to Jesus.”

Few of us know how to truly love people. If we don’t know how, we can start by doing little things: smiling at a passerby, doing the dishes for your roommate, refraining from complaining. We can start with little acts of love, especially toward those whom we don’t get along with, to teach us how. We learn to love by loving.

3. Prayer doesn’t have to be complicated.

“For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”

God is simple. He’s just happy that we show up to spend time with Him. We don’t have to do x, y and z for it to be good prayer. If it’s difficult or you get distracted – keep refocusing yourself and trust that it’s still good, even if you didn’t get the warm-fuzzies.

4. Focus on loving God, not on your faults.

“We have merely to love Him, without looking at ourselves, without examining our faults too much.”

God isn’t this judgmental figure waiting for us to mess up. He looks on us with love as His children. Children try to please their parents, but sometimes they make messes and spills. If we’re trying to become holy, God doesn’t reject us over our messes and spills. If we focus on God’s love and goodness, it’ll be harder for us to be discouraged.

St. Thérèse showed me that, while becoming a saint is not easy, it is so simple. We don’t have to be discouraged about anything — weakness, failure, sin, or suffering. We can trust that God will make us a saint if we take one small step forward, every day.

Is St. Thérèse special to you? How has she impacted your life in what she did or said? We’d love to hear from you!

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