Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Day Nine, Nine-Day Novena






"Now that I am about to appear before God, I understand very clearly that one thing only is necessary: to work for Him alone, and not for oneself or for others."


"I am happy to die because, far more than on earth, I shall help the souls I hold dear." —St. Therese



Today, September 30, was St. Therese's last day on earth. We remember this Little Flower who had complete trust in God and yearned so much to see His Face. This is the last day of our nine-day novena. St. Therese must be smiling down on you today.



Start with:
O St. Therese of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were—to that Queen of Heaven "who smiled on you at the dawn of life." Beg her powerful intercession the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.


DAY NINE

O St. Therese, seraphic virgin, beloved spouse of our Crucified Lord, you who on earth did burn with a love so intense toward your God and my God, and now glow with a bright and purer flame in paradise, obtain for me, I beseech you, a spark of that same holy fire which shall help me to put things of the world in their proper place and live my life always conscious of the presence of God. As I conclude my novena I also beg of you to secure for me the special favor I seek at this time...

St. Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

On The Feast Of St. Michael...And Every Day...







St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen..


St. Michael, pray for us!

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Talks About St. Therese




Given at the Carmelite church in Whitefriar St., Dublin, Ireland in 1973.

Day Eight, Nine-Day Novena

Start with:
O St. Therese of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were—to that Queen of Heaven "who smiled on you at the dawn of life." Beg her powerful intercession the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.


DAY EIGHT

O glorious St. Therese, who, burning with the desire of increasing the glory of God, invariably attended to the sanctification of your soul by the constant practice of prayer and charity so that, becoming in the Church a model of holiness, you are now in Heaven the protector of all those who have recourse to you in faith, look down upon me who invokes your powerful patronage and join your petition to mine that I be granted the favor I seek in this novena...

St. Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Day Seven, Nine-Day Novena


Start with:
O St. Therese of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were—to that Queen of Heaven "who smiled on you at the dawn of life." Beg her powerful intercession the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.


Therese of the Child Jesus, most loving Saint, in union with you I adore the divine Majesty. My heart is filled with joy at the remembrance of the marvelous favors with which God blessed your life on Earth and of the great glory that came to you after death. In union with you, I praise God, and offer him my humble tribute of thanksgiving. I implore you to obtain for me, through your powerful intercession, the greatest of all blessings—that of living and dying in the state of grace. I also beg of you to secure for me the special favor I seek in this novena (your request here). 


St. Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.


Monday, September 27, 2010

Day Six, Nine-Day Novena

We're already on Day Six! Today's theme touches on how very powerful St. Therese is from Heaven. That is probably the adjective I hear the most about St. Therese: powerful.

A priest friend of ours, the first time I met him, said the very same thing. My son told the priest how much I love Therese, and he looked at me and said seriously, "Oh, she's very powerful." His words stuck with me, and I have to agree. She is so sweet and small, yet so powerful in how she helps people who ask favors of her. She has never let me down, and I feel her presence with me all of the time. She is truly special. You can trust her with whatever you need. She will pray for you, I promise.


Start with:
O St. Therese of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were—to that Queen of Heaven "who smiled on you at the dawn of life." Beg her powerful intercession the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.


DAY SIX

O Little Flower of Jesus, you have shown yourself so powerful in your intercession, so tender and compassionate toward those who honor you and invoke you in suffering and distress, that I kneel at your feet with perfect confidence and beseech you most humbly and earnestly to take me under your protection in my present necessity and obtain for me the favor I ask in this novena (your request here)...Vouchsafe to recommend my request to Mary, the merciful Queen of Heaven, that she may plead my cause with you before the throne of Jesus, her divine Son. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted.

St. Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Is This What It Has Come To?

I found a youth book in the middle-school section of a local bookstore, nestled among stories of darkness, the occult, and those (yawn) private-school stories of sexy, mean cliques with plaid skirts on the cover. The title? Brace yourself:

WTF.

No, I am not joking. That is the actual title of the book.

I'm serious. That is the title.

The actual product description of the book WTF: "Two parties, six alternating points of view, and three letters that says it all--WTF!"

Did I mention this was in the middle-school section? I already did? Forgive me.

"When a deer crashes through a windshield, it is only the first of many inexplicable (or "wtf") moments experienced during a long night in New York City for six teens from a prep school involved in a drug sale destined for disaster. That the "drugs" are really generic aspirin and that several want out of the business makes the evening even more surreal. Relationships shift and change as much as the narrators and the time frame -- each chapter identifies the narrator and the date and time, and there are some flashbacks and peeks ahead to keep readers on their toes. The patchwork image on the cover hints at plot points, and teens will be eager to see how Lerangis stitches them all together. The title reflects the hip and foul language of the very believable, smart urban teens..." —Booklist

Picture it wrapped in Christmas paper under the tree this year, folks. So quaint.

"What can I get you for Christmas, Sophia?"

"Oh, Grandma, I love books!"

Grandma beams. She, too, is a book lover. She's so proud that was passed on to her darling Sophia. Runs in the family, she thinks. "Give me a title, sweetheart."

Sophia says brightly, "WTF. Everyone has it at school."

Grandma eagerly writes it down. Sophia goes to a Catholic middle school. If the kids there are reading it, it must be okay, she thinks.

Letters. That's odd, she thinks, wondering what they stand for.

She heads to the bookstore in her big old Buick, filled with the excitement of Christmas shopping. She plans to go to the grocery store afterward to buy ingredients for Christmas cookies. The giving spirit of the season is really making her feel good. Sprinkles, she thinks to herself suddenly. Mustn't forget the sprinkles.

At the bookstore, she purchases WTF. She has no idea what it is about, but Sophia wants it so much that she wants to please her. And Sophia is such a sweet girl. Last year she bought her Little Women. Did Sophia read it? She must have. Who wouldn't read such a beautiful book? It was her favorite when she was Sophia's age. Oh, that Jo March. What a feisty girl. Grandma giggled to herself. What a character Jo was.

A few weeks later, after Christmas dinner, Grandma hands Sophia a couple of brightly wrapped packages. Sophia tears the smaller one open and holds it up. Mom, always with the camera, wants to snap a picture.

"Hold it up, Honey," she urges, as she does with every Christmas present. The fireplace is crackling with the Duraflame log Dad lit. "O Holy Night" is playing on the radio. Their cat, Tweezer, is curled up into a ball and is sleeping in front of the warmth of the fireplace.

"WTF," her dad repeats as he looks at the title.

"WTF," her older brother repeats in shock as he stares wide-eyed at his sister. He knows exactly what WTF means. He can't believe he's the only one in the room who does.

Later that evening, Grandma's at home, sipping chamomile tea in her cozy robe as she watches EWTN on TV. She smiles, thinking of how good she feels giving Sophia a book and a sweater instead of those electronic things the kids are all into nowadays. It's good for kids to be reading, she thinks to herself as she nibbles on a Christmas cookie. And reading is a lifelong hobby. A good book will never let you down.

At her house, Sophia is in bed in her flannel jammies, snuggled up with WTF and learning lots of new words she's never heard before. She closes the book. Yikes. I don't know about this, she thinks, feeling guilty. But I really like the story. I want to know what happens next. So she continues reading. Sophia is transported to a world she's never known.

You don't think this would happen? Think again.

Just so you know: This book could be circulating at your child's school library. Demand wholesome books instead. Do it.

Demand better for your children, parents.

Demand better.

WTF.

My sentiments exactly.



Day Five, Nine-Day Novena

Start with:
O St. Therese of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were—to that Queen of Heaven "who smiled on you at the dawn of life." Beg her powerful intercession the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.

O God, who did inflame with the Spirit of Love, the soul of your servant Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love you and make you much loved. Amen.


DAY FIVE

O Little Flower of Carmel, Almighty God endowed you, consumed by love for Him, with wondrous spiritual strength to follow the way of perfection during the days of your short life. Sickness touched you early but you remained firm in faith and prayer was your life. O pray for me that I may benefit by your intercession and be granted the favor I ask in this novena...(request here).

St. Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Day Four, Nine-Day Novena

We are off to a great start with our nine-day novena to St. Therese to prepare for her feast day on October 1.

Start with:
O St. Therese of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were—to that Queen of Heaven "who smiled on you at the dawn of life." Beg her powerful intercession the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.

O God, who did inflame with the Spirit of Love, the soul of your servant Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love you and make you much loved. Amen.



DAY FOUR

O Little Flower of Jesus, who at an early age had your heart set on Carmel and in your brief earthly life did become the mirror of angelic purity, of courageous love and of whole-hearted surrender to Almighty God, turn your eyes of mercy on me who trusts in you. Obtain for me the favor I seek in this novena (your request here) and the grace to keep my heart and mind pure and clean. O dear saint, grant me to feel in every need the power of your intercession; help to comfort me in all the bitterness of this life and especially at its end, that I may be worthy to share eternal happiness with you in Heaven. Amen.

St. Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Teenager Chiara "Luce" Badano To Be Beatified This Weekend




From CNA/EWTN News:

.- Chiara "Luce" Badano, who showed great faith during her short life, will be beatified this weekend. Her parents and thousands of young people from Italy and across the globe are expected in Rome to celebrate her life and holiness.

Chiara was born in the town of Sassello, Italy in 1971. Brought up Catholic, she later became a member of the Focolare movement and, although stricken by bone cancer which paralyzed her legs and later took her life, lived the Gospel message, exuding a love for God and life throughout.

She is remembered for her repeated prayer amidst the trials: "If you will it, Jesus, so do I."

The beatification rite will be celebrated by Archbishop Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints, at Rome's Sanctuary of Divine Love. Thousands of pilgrims are expected to join in the celebration, many being members of the Focolare movement who are now arriving from as far away as Hong Kong.

The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Ennio Antonelli will concelebrate along with bishops from several countries and over 100 priests. Her parents and her bishop, who first provided the impetus for her cause for canonization, will also be present for the ceremony.

Later on that evening, a celebration will be held in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, where the Pope often hosts his Wednesday general audiences, during which three elements of Chiara's time on earth will be highlighted: Life, Love and Light.

EWTN will provide broadcasting from this location.

On the next morning, Sept. 26, Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone will preside over Mass at St. Paul's Outside-the-walls in thanksgiving for the beatification. At the conclusion of the Mass, the participants will await a live telecast from Castel Gandolfo of the Angelus, during which they expect the Pope to recognize the newly declared blessed.






Day Three, Nine-Day Novena

Start with:
O St. Therese of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were—to that Queen of Heaven "who smiled on you at the dawn of life." Beg her powerful intercession the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment (here is where you mention your request) and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.

O God, who did inflame with the Spirit of Love, the soul of your servant Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love you and make you much loved. Amen.

DAY THREE

O Therese of the Child Jesus, lily of purity, ornament and glory of Carmel, I greet you, great saint, seraph of divine love. I rejoice in the favors our Lord so liberally bestowed on you. With humility and confidence I ask you to help me, for I know God has given you love and pity as well as power. Tell Him, now, I beseech you, of the favor I now seek in this novena...Your request will crown my petition with success and bring joy to my heart. Remember your promise to do good here on earth. "I shall spend my heaven doing good on Earth. After death I will let fall a shower of roses."

St. Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Day Two, Nine-Day Novena


It's Day Two of the St. Therese novena, and we are off to a great start!


Start with:
O St. Therese of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were—to that Queen of Heaven "who smiled on you at the dawn of life." Beg her powerful intercession the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment (here is where you mention your request) and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.

O God, who did inflame with the Spirit of Love, the soul of your servant Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love you and make you much loved. Amen.


DAY TWO

Almighty God, giver of all good gifts, who did will that Blessed Therese, being watered by the heavenly dew of your guiding grace, should bloom in Carmel with the beauty of virginity and patience in suffering, grant that I your servant may go forward in the order of her sweetness and may be found worthy to become a devoted and loyal follower of Christ. Amen.

St. Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.



Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Day One, Nine-Day Novena

St. Therese's feast day will soon be here.Today I want to share with you a special nine-day novena to the Little Flower. You can start today and end on September 30. Then, the next day, on her feast day, you can begin a special novena that begins October 1. Won't she be happy to hear these novenas? I smile just thinking about it.

Start with:
O St. Therese of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were—to that Queen of Heaven "who smiled on you at the dawn of life." Beg her powerful intercession the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment (here is where you mention your request) and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.

O God, who did inflame with the Spirit of Love, the soul of your servant Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love you and make you much loved. Amen.


DAY ONE

O Therese of the Child Jesus, well beloved and full of charity, in union with you, I reverently adore the majesty of God, and since I rejoice with exceeding joy in the singular gifts of grace bestowed upon you during your life, and your gifts of glory after death, I give Him deepest thanks for them; I beseech you with all my heart's devotion to be pleased to obtain for me (mention request here). But if what I ask of you so earnestly does not tend to the glory of God and the greater good of my soul, do you, I pray, obtain for me that which is more profitiable to both these ends. Amen. St. Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.


I'll post Day Two tomorrow.
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