Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux

“Perfection seems simple to me. I see it is sufficient to recognize one’s nothingness and to abandon oneself as a child into God’s arms.”
-St. Therese of Lisieux
October 1st is the Feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, "the Little Flower." There are so many wonderful ideas for celebrating her feast day. Here are a few, some of which we are planning to do: Prayer I have this wonderful cd, Praying the Rosary with St. Therese, that I use to pray the rosary when I am in the car, that I will bring inside for us to pray the rosary with. It takes a little longer than usual because between each prayer is a beautiful, inspirational quote by St. Therese. We will be finishing our Rose Novena to St. Therese the day before, so we will say this prayer today.
Prayer to St. Therese O little St. Theresa 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 as the Queen of the heart of Jesus to obtain for me by 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.
Books
Saint Therese of Lisieux: And the "Little Way" of Love St. Therese and the Roses I will start reading St. Therese's autobiography, The Story of a Soul, which has been on my book list to read for so long. Food French toast of strawberry crepes (if I am feeling ambitious) for breakfast Make easy chocolate éclairs, which were St. Therese’s favorite For other food ideas for the Feast of St. Therese, visit Catholic Cuisine Activities & Crafts Color either of Charlotte's St. Therese Coloring pages, child and habit Make Sacrifice Beads, a devotion of St. Therese Point out France on a world map, as St. Therese is a patroness of France Maybe in future years we'll try this adorable craft of making chocolate roses for St. Therese Watch the children's DVD My Catholic Family - St. Therese of Lisieux Watch the DVD Miracle of St. Therese
"In times of aridity when I am incapable of praying, of practicing virtue, I seek little opportunities, mere trifles, to give pleasure to Jesus; for instance a smile, a pleasant word when inclined to be silent and to show weariness. If I find no opportunities, I at least tell Him again and again that I love Him; that is not difficult and it keeps alive the fire in my heart. Even though this fire of love might seem extinct I would still throw little straws upon the embers and I am certain it would rekindle."
- St. Therese of Lisieux

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