St. Thérèse believed that the people of her time lived in too great fear of God’s judgment. The fear was stifling and did not allow people to experience the freedom of the children of God. St. Therese knew from her life that God is merciful love; many scripture passages in the Old and New Testaments bore out that truth. St. Thérèse once wrote that she could not understand how anyone could be afraid of a God who became a child. She also knew that she would never be perfect. Therefore, she went to God as a child approaches a parent, with open arms and a profound trust. St. Thérèse translated “the little way” in terms of a commitment to the tasks and to the people we meet in our everyday lives.
John F. Russell, O.Carm. (1934-2012)
We invite you to join us for prayer, petition and reflection in our novena to Thérèse each day over the next nine days leading up to her feast on October 1.
Loving God, you blessed St. Thérèse with a capacity for a great love. Help us to believe in your unconditional love for each of us today and always.
Let us with St. Thérèse our sister model and intercessor, come to You with our petitions, relying on your grace and mercy.
(Here mention your petitions quietly)
Hear these petitions we make in trust and confidence not only for ourselves but for those we love. Set our hearts on fire with the love of God and fill us with that peace that comes from depending totally on our heavenly Father. Amen
St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus. Pray for us.