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St. Therese of Lisieux Novena, Day 4

September 25th



Therese 4

“I suffer with you, I offer your great sacrifices with you, and I beg Jesus to pour His abundant consolations upon your dear family, until the union in heaven where we shall see them rejoicing in your glory, a glory which will dry their tears forever, and fill them with joy overflowing for a blissful eternity.”

—    from letter CLXXIII addressed to Fr. Adolphe Roulland, MEP, missionary in China


Thérèse’s zeal for promoting the Gospel message was not limited to her monastery in Lisieux.  She longed that all people should know and love the Christ who loved her, and so she prayed for and corresponded with others who lived beyond the boundaries of her community.  This desire was so strong that she maintained contact with a Carmel in what is now Vietnam, with hope of one day going there, but illness prevented this dream from becoming a reality.  Instead, her longing for mission was realized through her spiritual care of two mission priests, Fr. Maurice Bellière, M. Afr., and Fr. Adolphe Roulland, MEP.  Because of them, her spiritual horizons expanded tremendously as she realized that her efforts at home truly supported both her missionary brothers and the people to whom they were sent.

As Patroness of the Missions, let us join our prayers and sacrifices to hers, that through the efforts of all who leave home and country to proclaim the Gospel, all may one day know the depth of God’s love.

a moment of silence

Final Prayer

O Little Therese of the Child Jesus,
Please pick a rose for me
From the heavenly gardens
And send it to me
As a message of love.
O little flower of Jesus,
Ask God today to grant the favors
I now place with confidence
In your hands.
(Mention your specific requests)
St. Therese,
help me to always believe,
As you did,
In God's great love for me,
So that I might imitate your
"Little Way" each day. Amen

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."