Thursday, March 30, 2017

Day 26 – Thursday, March 30 - Following St. Thérèse’ Little Way through Lent

Day 26 – Thursday, March 30
Over these next few days we will reflect on the joy of one of St. Thérèse’ poems.  Her heart overflows with love of Jesus and the joy it brings outweighs all hardships.  She reflects on how little she is compared to the eternity of God – her life is like just a day.  We, too, can learn to give ourselves over to love of Jesus and we will feel the joy it brings!

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 and giving yourself up for us.  Even while we are sinners, you gave everything for us so that we could one day live with you.  Thank you!

St. Thérèse teaches us through her poem ‘My Song for Today’:
“My life is but an instant, a passing hour.
My life is but a day that escapes and flies away.
O my God! You know that to love you on earth
I only have today!

Oh, I love you, Jesus!  My soul yearns for you.
For just one day remain my sweet support.
Come reign in my heart, give me your smile
Just for today!” –  The Poetry of St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Lord Jesus, please help us to recognize your great love for us.  Help us to understand our littleness but rejoice in your greatness!  Help us to be grateful for all you’ve given us.  Help us be joyful with the life we have.  Help us to share that joy with everyone!  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:  Smile more today!  And the harder it is, the more brilliant your flower is!  (Color in a flower for Jesus when your mom or dad has seen that it is completed!)

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