31 Days of Prayer – St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Today is the memorial of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus (The Little Flower). It is fitting that I am starting the 31 Days of Prayer on her feast day because St. Therese had a great love of prayer.

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I have to be honest, while growing up and during my young adult life, I didn’t really understand St. Therese. I thought her spirituality was too sentimental and “flighty” for me. Then, in 2002, I read a book called The Trial of Faith of St. Therese. It completely changed my view of St. Therese!

Was St. Therese a “girly, girl?” Yes, in some ways she was; however, she was also a brave, strong, and determined woman. She was a headstrong child. She threw her fair share of temper tantrums. And, yet, as she let God mold her and lead her according to His ways, she became a great saint. She suffered through terrible sufferings: mental, spiritual, and physical. The difference for her was that she suffered patiently. She trusted in the Lord. Even when she was tempted to despair, she choose to trust in God.

Believe me, her “Little Way” may be been simple but it was very difficult to live!

That book gave me a new appreciation and respect for Saint Therese. She is an amazing model of faith and trust and I pray that she will intercede for all of us during the Write 31 Days Challenge.

Now for the prayer. I found this lovely prayer on EWTN. I hope it will bless you and give you the courage to leave all your deepest needs in God’s hands. She put her life in God’s hands like a child does to a parent and we must do the same. 🙂

A 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

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I found the prayer here.

31 Days Writing Challenge

Saints and Feasts in October 2015

I am actually ahead of the game this time! Woot! Hopefully, this will give you some time to print the list out and plan ahead for any saint days you may want to celebrate. There are two wonderful days at the very beginning of the month: St. Therese of the Child Jesus (Oct 1) and the Guardian Angels (Oct 2).

Without further ado, here are the saints and feasts:

Saints & Feasts in October 2015

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October 1St Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin & doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

October 2: The Guardian Angels (obligatory memorial)

October 6: St. Bruno, priest (optional memorial)

October 6: St. Marie-Rose Durocher, virgin (optional memorial)

October 7: Our Lady of the Rosary (obligatory memorial)

October 9: St. Denis, Bishop & Companions (optional memorial)

October 9: St. John Leonardi, priest (optional memorial)

October 14: St. Callistus, pope and martyr (optional memorial)

October 15: St. Teresa of Jesus, virgin and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

October 16: St. Hedwig, religious (optional memorial)

October 16: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin (optional memorial)

October 17: St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop & martyr (obligatory memorial)

October 19: St. John de Brebeuf & Isaac Jogues, Priests, and companions, martyrs (obligatory memorial)

October 20: St. Paul of the Cross, priest (optional memorial)

October 22: St. John Paul II, pope (optional memorial)

October 23: St. John of Capistrano, priest (optional memorial)

October 24: St. Anthony Mary Claret, bishop (optional memorial)

October 28: Sts. Simon & Jude, apostles (feast)

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

October is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Angels and the Holy Rosary.

October 12: Columbus day (USA)

October 12: Canadian Thanksgiving Day

October 31: Halloween (All Hallow’s Eve)

Blessings!

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