Monday, April 3, 2017

Day 29 – Monday, April 3 - Following St. Thérèse’ Little Way through Lent

Day 29 – Monday, April 3
Today we refocus on the heart of St. Thérèse’ Little Way to holiness: Love.  She said in her Story of a Soul, that if each of us are members of the body of Christ, then she would be the heart.  She wanted to burn with love and give all of herself over to Jesus in love.  Her little way shows that you only need to do each little thing in love to give your heart to Jesus.  It does not require great things, but to do all our little daily tasks out of love of Jesus – always loving others for when we do something to the least of His people, we do it to Jesus.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.  Lord, you love us with an infinite love.  We cannot even comprehend the beginning of the greatness of your love for us.  Please forgive us when we doubt your love and don’t understand why You allow certain things to happen.  Thank you for loving us every moment of our life.

St. Thérèse teaches us:
“I know of one means only by which to attain to perfection: LOVE. Let us love, since our heart is made for nothing else. Sometimes I seek another word to express Love, but in this land of exile the word which begins and ends (St. Augustine) is quite incapable of rendering the vibrations of the soul; we must then adhere to this simple and only word: TO LOVE.” – V letter to Mother Agnes of Jesus

Lord Jesus, please help us to love you more and more!  Help us to see you in the people around us.  Help us to see your face even in our annoying brother or sister.  Help us to love them even when they are not being nice, because this is how we love you, dear Jesus!  And we want to burn with love for you!

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:  Tell someone you love them!  Get an extra flower if you are able to not get angry when someone is mean, but tell them you love them instead and walk away.  (Color in a flower for Jesus when your mom or dad has seen that it is completed!)

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