(Sorry this post is going up kind of late… I’ve been so tired this week that I had forgotten about posting the novena until Kolbe reminded me this afternoon.)
Starting today, a few friends and I will be praying the novena to St. Thérèse of Lisieux in honor of her upcoming feast on October 1. My specific intentions will be:
For struggling priests, particularly those who are in danger of abandoning their vocation. For all of the priests who are dear to my heart; for our Lord to increase in them the virtues of humility, faithfulness, and purity of heart. For the grace of perseverance to be given to all priests and seminarians.
Please join us in begging the powerful prayers of the Little Flower for this or any other intention, and feel free to post intentions in the Comment Box.
Prayers To Be Said Each Day
Come, Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful,
and kindle in them the fire of Your love.
V. Send forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray: O God, who have instructed the hearts of Your faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant that by the gift of that same Spirit, we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Acts of Faith, Hope, and Love
O my God! I believe in You: strengthen my faith. All my hopes are in You: do You secure them. I love You: teach me to love You daily more and more. Amen.
The Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend You, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.
Prayers for the First Day
St. Thérèse, privileged Little Flower of Jesus and Mary, I approach you with childlike confidence and deep humility. I lay before you my desires, and beg that through your intercession they may be realized. Did you not promise to spend your heaven doing good upon earth? Grant me according to this promise the favor(s) I am asking from you… [mention your intentions]
Intercede for us all the days of our life, but specially during this Novena and obtain for us from God the graces and favors we ask through your intercession. Amen.
Thought for the day: Confidence in God
We can never have too much confidence in the good God who is so powerful and so merciful. We obtain from Him as much as we hope for.
If you are nothing, do you forget that Jesus is everything? You have only to lose your nothingness in His Infinity and think only of loving Him.
Concluding Prayer Prayed Each Day
O Lord, You have said: unless you become as little children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven; grant us, we beg You, so to follow, in humility and simplicity of heart, the footsteps of the Virgin blessed Thérèse, that we may attain to an everlasting reward. Amen.