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St. Therese of Lisieux Novena, Day 6

September 27th

THE CENTRALITY OF CHRIST

Reading

Therese 6

“My peace, my joy, my love, O Christ!
          ‘Tis Thou alone!  Thou hast sufficed.”

—    taken from the poem “Jesus Only.”

Reflection

Thérèse’s spirituality, indeed, her life, cannot be understood without Christ.  As a child, she learned to know and adore him,

and she experienced his transformative grace in her life.  This wonderful intimacy with the Lord was further fostered upon her entrance into Carmel, where she was taught by her foundress and guide, Teresa of Ávila, about the fundamental necessity of reflecting on and relating to the human Christ in order to advance profoundly on the path of the interior life.  Thus, she deepened in her appreciation of the holy and humbling innocence of his infancy, and in the sacrificial love of his passion and death, and chose her religious name in reflection of this.  Jesus was her entire life, her beginning and end, her all in all.

We, too, are invited to make Christ the heart and meaning of our entire existence, and to engage with him as our Saviour, our Model for living, and our Friend, to let our lives be so filled with him that others may find him in us.  As with Thérèse, we are asked to let our lives reflect the words of St. Paul to the Galatians:  “Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me.”

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.

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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."