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St. Therese of Lisieux Novena, Day 2



Sweet martyr! keep our convents in thy care!
     Our virgins are thy sisters, each thine own,
And like to thine the object of their prayer, —
     To see God reign in every heart alone.

          This their desire,
               All souls to save.
          Now let them share thy fire,
               Apostle, martyr brave!

—taken from “Canticle to Obtain the Canonization
    of the Venerable Joan of Arc”


It is no surprise that Thérèse identified so closely with St. Joan.  She saw in the “Maid of Orléans” a contemporary and a kindred spirit, both as a young French woman of a similar age, and as a fellow zealous disciple of Christ. 

Indeed, her writings indicate that she saw all of the saints, not as relics of a distant past, but as living companions and models of faith.  She looked to them for inspiration, reflected on their lives and works, celebrated them in her poetry and plays, and entrusted her cares and petitions to their intercession.  She saw them as fellow bearers of Christ.

So as we prepare for the feast of our sister Thérèse, let us also look to her as our sister and companion in the sequella Christi, recognizing that we, too, are called to be living saints for others as well.

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.


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."