Thursday, March 9, 2017

Day 8 – Thursday, March 9 - Following St. Thérèse’ Little Way through Lent

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Day 8 – Thursday, March 9

We continue to learn more about charity, love for others.  St. Thérèse reflects that it is hard to give to everyone who asks, but even harder to not be angry when something that is ours is taken away from us.  How many times do siblings or even friends take something that you are sure belongs to you?  It takes such an act of love to not be angry in that moment.  But what if we did “turn the other cheek” and let them play with that toy without being angry?  That would be so hard – but think of what an act of loving sacrifice that would be!  How loving would that be to your friend?!  And then our hearts are filled with Jesus’ sweetness.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Lord Jesus, please help us to love others and see their goodness!  Please come in our hearts and help us love as you loved.

St. Thérèse teaches us:
“If it is hard to give to whoever asks, it is still harder to let what belongs to us to be taken, without asking it back, or rather, I ought to say it seems hard; for the yoke of the Lord is sweet and light (Cf. Matthew 11:30): when we accept it we feel its sweetness immediately.” – Story of A Soul, Chapter IX

Lord Jesus, thank you for teaching us how to love.  Please send us your grace so that we might love others as you desire us to love them.  We cannot do this without your help, because it is a supernatural love!  Thank you for always helping us to love, Jesus!

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory Be …

Today’s Little Flower activity:  Turn the other cheek when you would rather get angry and be demanding.  Show love instead of anger.  This is not easy!  (Color in FOUR flowers [because this is really hard!] for Jesus when your mom or dad has seen that it is completed!)

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