Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Day 19 – Wednesday, March 22 - Following St. Thérèse’ Little Way through Lent

Day 19 – Wednesday, March 22
Today we think about suffering.  No one likes to think about suffering, because it’s not fun.  Yet, we all suffer in some way.  Maybe you are sick or maybe someone is mean to you at school?  Maybe you get a bad grade or fall at recess?  Maybe you feel lonely or sad?  Maybe you lost something or worse someone close to you?  Maybe you stood up for your faith and got laughed at?  All of these are ways we suffer.  St. Thérèse reminds us that the question to ask is ‘do we suffer well?’ What does that mean?  When something bad happens, do we give it to Jesus, pray, and try our best to suffer with joy as a sacrifice of love for Jesus?  We all suffer in some way, but we can turn this sadness into a beautiful gift of love by giving it over to Jesus with a hopeful heart!

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 remember to think of you when we suffer.  Help us to turn our suffering into a gift of love to you.  Help us to suffer well!

St. Thérèse teaches us:
“It’s true, I suffer a great deal – but do I suffer well? That is the question. ” – Last Conversations

Lord Jesus, on Holy Thursday you prayed in the garden for the cup of suffering to pass by you, but then you said to our heavenly Father “not my will but yours be done.”  You then took the scourging, the crown of thorns, the carrying of the cross and being crucified, all because you love us!  You died for our salvation even while we were still sinners.  You took suffering and death and turned it into a force for good!  Please teach us to do the same by clinging to you and your mother, Mary!

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:  Instead of getting angry or frustrated over some suffering, pray to Jesus and ask His help to turn this sacrifice into an act of love.  (Color in a flower for Jesus when your mom or dad has seen that it is completed!)

This is St. Thérèse in her wheel chair, in the final weeks of her life.  This wheel chair was first her father's. 

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