St. Therese of Lisieux and Her Little Way

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St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower, is patroness of this blog. She is a French Carmelite nun who died in 1897 at the young age of just 24. In 1997, Pope St. John Paul II declared St. Therese to be a doctor of the Church. You can read more about St. Therese here at .  We celebrate her feast day October 1st. (Happy almost-feast-day St. Therese!) St. Therese had total trust in the mercy of God and His love for her. According to The Society of the Little Flower, “Her “little way” is about child-like trust and gentle love.” Her Little…continued

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In Gratitude for His Extravagant Love

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 A Prayer of Gratitude for His Extravagant Love Lord Jesus, You not only give yourself to me in Holy Communion, but You have grafted me on to be part of Your very own body. The mystery of it, the extravagant grandiosity of it stuns me. It is more than I can comprehend. Your Breath in my lungs, Your Blood in my veins, Your mercy ready to be expressed through me, Your love longing to love through me. As part of Your Body, Your Church, I have an urgent mission: to be an expression of Your love and mercy, to be an…continued

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Secret of Sanctity: Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Prayer to Holy Spirit Secret of Sanctity

The Secret of Sanctity Prayer is one of my favorites! It’s easy to memorize so you can meditate on the words anytime and anywhere. At the end of the post are some additional resources and a link to a printable prayer card.  I hope this prayer blesses you, as much as it has blessed me! Cardinal Mercier’s Secret of Sanctity Prayer “I am going to reveal to you the secret of sanctity and happiness. Every day for five minutes control your imagination and close your eyes to the things of sense and your ears to all the noises of the world, in order…continued

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A Prayer of God’s Love and Mercy – I Stretch Out My Arms to You, Oh Lord

Prayer Psalm 143

Inspired by Psalm 143:6,8 A Prayer of God’s Love and Mercy “I stretch out my arms to you, I stretch out my soul, like a land without water.” * I do stretch out my arms to You, oh Lord – to One I have forgotten, One I avoid, One who has hidden His face from me. “Where have You hidden, Beloved? I stretch out my arms to You, begging for the water of eternal life. Only the water of Your love can quench the dryness of my parched soul. And yet I refuse to search for You; I run from…continued

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Suffering Along the Little Way

St. Therese of Lisieux Suffering

Fr. Gabriel offers such encouragement and wisdom, I wanted to update the reflections that were previously posted in 2009.  The italicized excerpts cited are from “Divine Intimacy”  Reading #63  by Fr. Gabriel of St Mary Magdalene, OCD. How Will We Be Transformed by Suffering? Suffering transforms us. God gives us the choice of how it will transform us. We meet people who have been transformed into bitter, angry people by the misfortunes in their lives and those who have experienced even greater tragedies, yet radiate joy and peace. We get to choose how we respond to the trials and tragedies in our…continued

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Celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday in Our Home

Celebrating Divine Mercy

Celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday, Post-Concussion-Style  I hope you had a blessed Divine Mercy Sunday and that you feel renewed in the devotion, too. It’s good to keep digging into the rich treasure box of faith that the Catholic Church holds out for us. There is such an abundance overflowing that it’s easy to “forget” about one jewel as we move on to examine and relish the next! This year there was more than one wonderful celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday within a thirty-minute drive. It was so tempting to go to one! I longed to take my fourteen year-old daughter…continued

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The Way of to Life and Happiness: Humility

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“Love has triumphed over hatred, life has conquered death, light has dispelled the darkness!”   Pope Francis, Easter 2015 Ubi et Orbi    Detail from a mosaic in the Rosary Basilica of Lourdes photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) From Easter 2015 Ubi et Orbi by Pope Francis:  “Out of love for us, Jesus Christ stripped himself of His divine glory, emptied Himself, took on the form of a slave and humbled Himself even to death, death on a cross… By His death and resurrection, Jesus shows everyone the way to life and happiness: this way is humility, which involves humiliation.…continued

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