Friday, March 17, 2017

Day 15 – 3rd Friday of Lent, March 17 - Following St. Thérèse’ Little Way through Lent

Day 15 – 3rd Friday of Lent, March 17 
On this third Friday of Lent we offer a little more to Jesus.  Sometimes we can feel far from God.  Sometimes it is hard to know why God has us in a certain place.  Maybe someone we love has been moved away from us or maybe we have moved away from friends.  It is okay to share these feelings with Jesus and ask Him to help us know He is near and to understand His will.  Today we will read a poem by St. Thérèse when she had similar feelings when her friend and spiritual director was in Canada.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.  Lord Jesus, thank you for your love. Please help us to know you are near to us even when we do not feel your closeness.  Please help us to know that you have a plan for all of our dear friends and family, too. 

St. Thérèse teaches us through a poem she wrote:
Prayer of an Exiled Child
“Near you, my God, I remember a Father,
The beloved apostle of your Sacred Heart.
But he is exiled on a foreign shore…
It’s time; bring back my Pastor at last!
Give your children back their guide and their light.
Call your apostle home to France, Lord.” –  September 11, 1894

[Her spiritual director responded to her poem, “Thank you for your feastday wishes, your delightful poetry.  Everything coming from the little lamb does my heart good.”]

Lord Jesus, thank you for your great love. Thank you for always helping us to persevere in our acts of love and sacrifice, Jesus!  Help us to show our love to our friends even if they cannot be near us and to trust Your will in all.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory Be …

St. Thérèse, pray for us!
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.



Today’s Little Flower activity:  Let someone else go first when it should have been your turn.  (Color in a flower for Jesus when your mom or dad has seen that it is completed!)





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