Saturday, March 18, 2017

Day 16 – Saturday, March 18 & weekend message, 3rd Sunday of Lent! - Following St. Thérèse’ Little Way through Lent

We've been praying for you all!  What great gardens of little flowers we are building!  Can you believe the 3rd Sunday of Lent is here already?  How has your journey been going?  If you send us a photo of your gardens or a story about how it is going, we will be happy to include it on a future post! :-)  The boys would love to see it!  
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Day 16 – Saturday, March 18 & weekend message, 3rd Sunday of Lent!

At Mass this weekend, we will hear about the Israelites grumbling in the desert.  Even though they had been slaves, they questioned why they left Egypt.  They forgot God's acts of love for them!  Moses asked God to help him so the people would calm down and God told Moses “Strike the rock, and the water will flow from it for the people to drink.”  God always takes care of us!  (Even when we've been grumbling!)  In the Gospel, Jesus is sitting at a well at noon, and a woman approaches the well to gather her water.  Jesus sees her and it is an encounter of love.  He reveals that he knows all about her life and says that He has a special water to give her.  He says, “Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."”  How wonderful is our God!

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.  Lord Jesus, thank you for always taking care of us.  Please help us to remember the good things you have done for us.  Help us to remember your faithfulness especially when we are worried about things that might happen in our future.  Thank you for your living water and for your gift of yourself in Holy Communion at Mass.  Lord, we believe; help our unbelief! 

St. Thérèse teaches us a daily prayer to say:
“This little prayer which includes all my desires I ask you to say for me each day:
“Merciful Father, in the name of Your sweet Jesus, of the Blessed Virgin and of the Saints, I pray to You that my sister be fired with Your spirit of love, and that You will grant her the grace to make You greatly loved.”
If God should take me soon to Himself, I ask you to continue each day this same prayer, for in Heaven my desire will be the same as upon earth; to love Jesus and to make Him loved.” – III Letter to her Missionary "Brothers"

Lord Jesus, when we hear your voice, help us to not harden our hearts but to listen openly and do your will with much delight!  Let us remember to come to You to find our fulfilment – You are the only One who can meet all our needs and quench the thirstiness of our hearts! 

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory Be …

Merciful Father, in the name of Your sweet Jesus, of the Blessed Virgin and of the Saints, I pray that I be fired with Your spirit of love, and that You will grant me the grace to make You greatly loved.*  

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:  Draw a picture of Jesus speaking to the woman at the well.  Give the picture to your mom or dad to hang up and talk about the Gospel story.  (Color in a flower for Jesus when your mom or dad has seen that it is completed!)
*The daily prayer that St. Thérèse taught us to say, adapted for our little lives. We'll include it in our daily prayers now! :-D






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