Thursday, March 23, 2017

Day 20 – Thursday, March 23 - Following St. Thérèse’ Little Way through Lent

Day 20 – Thursday, March 23
St. Thérèse tells us today about the blessings of following this way of love.  We may falter.  We may not always do what we promised to do.  We may sin and need to seek forgiveness.  And yet, God’s love still envelopes us and surrounds and when we have pursued His Love, God will consume all the unpleasant within us and leave us with peaceful hearts.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.  Thank you, dear Jesus, for loving us so much!  Thank you for loving us even when we are imperfect and don’t live up to what you expect or what we promise.  Your grace and forgiving love are ever flowing towards us to heal us and bring us closer to you.

St. Thérèse teaches us:
“How sweet is the way of Love! True, one may fall, one may not be always faithful, but Love, knowing how to draw profit from all, very quickly consumes whatsoever may displease Jesus, leaving naught but humble and profound peace in the innermost soul.” –  Story of A Soul, Chapter VIII

Lord Jesus, please help us to not be isolated in ourselves when we feel we have failed.  Please help us to continue to seek you knowing that your Love is ready to scoop us up and cleanse our hearts again.  We love you, Jesus!

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:  Ask Jesus for forgiveness for anything that you feel you’ve done wrong or haven’t done that you should have.  He’s so ready to forgive and embrace you in love!  (Color in a flower for Jesus when your mom or dad has seen that it is completed!)

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