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St. Therese of Lisieux Novena, Day 1

September 22nd

INCARNATION OF LOVE AND JOY

Reading

Therese 1

“The feasts! What memories this word brings back to me.  How I loved the feasts!...I loved above all the processions in honor of the Blessed Sacrament.  What a joy it was for me to throw flowers beneath the feet of God!  Before allowing them to fall to the ground, I threw them as high as I could and I was never so happy as when I saw my roses touch the sacred monstrance.” 

—from Story of a Soul, Manuscript A, Chapter II

Reflection

This moment of carefree abandon illustrates how, even as a child, Thérèse celebrated her love and joy for God in a tangible way.  Throughout her life, she articulated these feelings in concrete ways, employing her artistic talents to compose plays and poems and design religious artwork, and turning little inconveniences and great struggles into deep and constant ways of expressing this devotion. Her efforts to make palpable her affection for the Lord mirrored Jesus’ own care for humanity, as he made the Divine love tangible through his Incarnation, and through His constant presence in the sacraments, especially the Eucharist.

Thérèse offers us today both a model and a challenge to do the same, i.e., to make our relationship with God something expressed and celebrated in a joyful and concrete way.

a moment of silence

Final Prayer

O Little Therese of the Child Jesus
Please pick for me a rose
from the heavenly garden
and send it to me
as a message of love.

O Little Flower of Jesus,
ask God to grant the favors
I now place with confidence
in you hands

( mention your special prayer request here )

St. Therese, help me to always believe
as you did, in God's great love for me,
so that I may imitate your "Little Way" each day.

reflections written by Fr. Emiel Abalahin, O.Carm.

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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."