Thérèse's 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."

St. Thérèse's Novena Prayer

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 requests)
St. Thérèse, help me to always believe as you did, in God’s great love for me, so that I might imitate you “Little Way” each day. Amen

Miraculous Invocation 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… of letting 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 through you.