Views on Prayer
"Was it not in prayer that St. Paul, St. Augustine, St. John
of the Cross, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Francis, St. Dominic, and
so many other famous Friends of God have drawn on this divine science
which delights the greatest geniuses?
A scholar has said, 'Give me a lever and a fulcrum and I will lift
the world.' What Archimedes was notable to obtain, for his request
was not directed to God and was made only from a material viewpoint,
the saints have obtained in all its fullness.
The Almighty has given
them as fulcrum, Himself alone as a lever, prayer which burns with
the fire of love. And it is in this way that they have lifted up
the world; it is in this way that the saints still militant lift
it, and that, until the end of time, the saints to come will lift
it." (Ms. C, 36)
"For me, prayer
is an aspiration of the heart, it is a simple glance directed to
heaven, it is a cry of gratitude and love in the midst of trial
as well as joy. Finally, it is something great and supernatural,
which expands my soul and unites me to Jesus."
"I don't hasten
to the first place but to the last; rather than advance myself like
the Pharisee, I repeat, filled with confidence, the publican's humble
prayer. Most of all, I imitate the conduct of Magdalene, her astonishing
or rather her loving audacity, which charms the heart of Jesus,
also attracts my own."
"Yes, I feel it;
even though I had on my conscience all the sins that can be omitted,
I would go, my heart broken with sorrow, and throw myself into Jesus'
arms, for I know how much He loves the prodigal child who returns
to Him. It is not because God, in His anticipating mercy, has preserved
my soul from mortal sin that I go to Him with confidence and love."
O Little Thérèse
of the Child Jesus, please pick for me a rose from the heavenly
gardens and send it to me as a message of love.
O Little Flower of Jesus, ask God today to grant the favors I
now place with confidence in you hands
.. (Mention specific
St. Thérèse, help me to always believe as you did,
in Gods great love for me, so that I might imitate you Little
Way each day. Amen
to St. Thérèse
O Glorious St. Thérèse,
whom Almighty God has raised up to aid and inspire the human family,
I implore your miraculous intercession. You are so powerful in
obtaining every need of body and spirit from the Heart of God.
Holy Mother Church proclaims you Prodigy of Miracles
the Greatest Saint of Modern Times. Now I fervently beseech
you to answer my petition (mention here) and to carry out your
promises of spending Heaven doing good upon earth
fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses. Little Flower, give me you
childlike faith, to see the Face of God in people and experiences
of my life, and to love God with full confidence. St. Thérèse,
my Carmelite Sister, I will fulfill your plea to be made
known everywhere and I will continue to lead others to Jesus