Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Day 18 – Tueday, March 21 - Following St. Thérèse’ Little Way through Lent

Day 18 – Tuesday, March 21
First, a personal note: HAPPY 6th BIRTHDAY, EMMANUEL!!!!!

Today we think about how our hearts and prayer can grow as we get older.  When we are little, are prayers are simple but as we begin to grow (with every birthday!) we can understand more of what our parents teach us, act rightly and have our own personal prayer time.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.  Oh heavenly Father, thank you for always providing for us.  Please help us to grow in love and virtue.  Thank you for the great gift of our family and especially our loving parents!  You have given us our parents to guide us and teach us how to walk in your ways.  Please help me listen to my parents more closely.

St. Thérèse teaches us:
“As I grew older I loved the good God more and more, and very frequently did I offer Him my heart, using the words my mother had taught me. I strove in all my actions to please Jesus and was most watchful never to offend Him.” – Story of A Soul, Chapter II.

Lord Jesus, you loved your holy mother Mary and foster father St. Joseph.  You obeyed them as you grew and listened to their council.  Please help me to listen to my parents and use their wisdom to choose to do the right things.  Help me remember to pray every day.

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.  (The daily prayer that St. Thérèse taught us to say, adapted for our little lives.)

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:  Spend 5 extra minutes in prayer today. If you are 8 or older, spend 10 extra minutes in prayer!  (Color in a flower for Jesus when your mom or dad has seen that it is completed!)

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