A Mini-Novena to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus

October 1, 2014 |

minnovenaWe invite you to celebrate the Feast of Therese of Lisieux with us through the following prayer and intercessions

Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, you said you would spend your heaven doing good upon the earth. Your trust in God was complete. Listen to my prayer; bring before God my special intention. Pray for me that I may have something of your confidence in the loving promises of our God. Pray that I may live my life in union with God’s plan for me, and one day see the Face of God whom you so ardently loved. Saint Therese, you kept your word to love God and to trust the world to that loving providence. Pray for us that we may be faithful to our commitment to love. May our lives, like yours, be able to touch the world and bring it to peace.

These intentions can be used throughout the day as a mini – Novena to St Therese or prayed as intercessions during your daily prayer.

Loving God, you blessed St. Therese with a capacity for a great love. Help us to believe in your unconditional love for each of us today and always.

Loving God, you taught St. Therese how to find a direct way to you through the “little way” of humility and simplicity. Grant that we may never miss the grace there is in humble service to others in family and neighborhood.

Loving God, St. Therese experienced each day as a gift from You, as a time for loving You through others. May we, too, see each new day as a single moment of saying yes to Your will in our lives.

Loving God, you graced St. Therese with the gift of forgiving others even when she felt hurt and betrayed. Help us to be able to forgive others who have wounded in some way and to reach out, like St Therese, with acts of loving kindness.

Loving God, you graced St. Therese with a capacity to see your hand in the ordinary routine of each day. Help us to be aware of your presence in the everyday events of our lives.

Loving God, you loved St. Therese’s complete trust in your care. Help us to rely on your providential care for us in each circumstance of our lives.

Loving God, St. Therese offered to You her frailty and powerlessness. Help us to see in our weakness and our diminishments an opportunity for letting Your light and Your strength be all we need.

Loving God, You surrounded St. Therese with a gracious love and made her a tower of strength to people who had lost faith in You. Help us to be unafraid to pray with confidence for the many in our culture who do not believe they can be loved.

Loving God, St. Therese never doubted that her life had meaning. Help us to understand the possibilities for loving and blessing all those we meet in our lives each day with confidence in your deep and abiding love for us.

Daryl Moresco, OCarm.
Br. Daryl Moresco OCarm. is the Co-Director of Carmelite Novices in Middletown, NY.
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