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St. Therese of Lisieux Novena, Day 9

PRAYER

Reading

“A scholar as said: ‘Give me a lever and a fulcrum and I will lift the world.’  What Archimedes was not able to obtain, for his request was not directed by God and was only made from a material viewpoint, the saints have obtained in all its fullness.  The Almighty has given them as fulcrum: HIMSELF ALONE; as lever: PRAYER which burns with a fire of love. 

And it is in this way that they have lifted up the world; it is in this way that the saints still militant lift it, and that, until the end of time, the saints to come will lift it.”

—    Story of a Soul, Manuscript C, Chapter XI

Reflection

These words were composed as Thérèse recalled some of the people through whom she learned to develop spiritual relationships: novices, other members of the community, priests for whom she was a spiritual companion.  In all of these relationships, she turned to prayer for guidance in order to be able to help convert these mere human exchanges into more saintly ones.  Ultimately, it was through her personal transformation brought about by listening to the promptings of the Lord that edified these relationships.

The saints throughout the ages, because of their desire for a better world and the conversion of the people, also prayed to God for transformation, believing in the salvific action of Jesus Christ on the cross, and its continued effects on the contemporary world. 

We are invited, like Thérèse, to continue this work, i.e., to pray for our world today, confident that the redemption wrought by the Lord continues to impact our people, our times, and ourselves.

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."