Novena to St Therese 2014
22nd - 30th September
Feast Day: 1 October
After reflecting on the given text from the writings of St Therese for each day, the prayer given at the bottom should be recited. We
pray with and for you as you journey with St. Thérèse for these nine
You may also wish to look at our novena from 2013 which was written by the Sisters at Kilmacud.
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Day 1: 22nd September
|JOY - by St Therese
loves people who are cheerful and ready to smile... The soul is
reflected in the countenance. Like to a little child always content,
your countenance should be invariably calm and serene... life is not sad, but joyous, joyous exceedingly.
It is related of some saints that they were grave even at recreation; I
do not try to imitate them... I am always light-hearted and content..."
Day 2: 23rd September
|STRUGGLE IN PRAYER - by St Therese
is not necessary to read from a book beautiful prayers composed for our
particular need before we can be heard... I tell God quite simply all
that I want to say, and He always understands...
Whenever my soul is so dry that I am incapable of a single good
thought, I always say an Our Father and a Hail Mary very slowly, and
these prayers alone cheer me up and nourish my soul with divine food.
It is the Gospel above all which is the source of my prayer.
Day 3: 24th September
|CONFIDENCE - by St Therese
can never have too much confidence in our God who is so mighty and so
merciful; as we hope in Him so shall we receive... If only
everyone weak and imperfect like me felt as I do, no one would despair
of reaching the heights of love, for Jesus does not ask for glorious
deeds. He asks only for self-surrender and for gratitude... It is
gratitude that brings us the most grace.
God will grow tired of trying me before I shall lose confidence in Him. Even if He should kill me yet will I hope in Him.
Day 4: 25th September
|FREQUENT HOLY COMMUNION - by St Therese
that Jesus is there in the Tabernacle expressly for you, for you alone.
He is burning with the desire to enter your heart... When the devil has
succeeded in drawing the soul away from Holy Communion, he has won
everything... so don't listen to the devil, mock him and go without any
fear to receive Jesus in peace and love... He is your only true friend.
be troubled about feeling no consolations in your Communions: this is a
trial you must bear with love... Your heart is made to love Jesus, to
love Him passionately; pray so that the beautiful years of your life
may not pass by in fears... receive Communion often, very often..."
Day 5: 26th September
|SUFFERING - by St Therese
have often noticed that experience of suffering makes us kind and
indulgent towards others, because it is suffering that draws us nearer
Let us not believe that we can love without suffering...
If I did not suffer from one minute to the next, I should find it
impossible to maintain my patience, but I do not look farther than the
present moment. It is because one thinks of the past and the future
that one becomes discouraged and loses hope."
Day 6: 27th September
|OUR LADY - by St Therese
no fear of loving the Blessed Virgin too much, you will never love her
enough, and Jesus will be pleased since the Blessed Virgin is His
Mother. I have only to turn to Mary and Jesus triumphs over
I must see her real life, not her imagined life. I am sure that her
real life was very simple... they should present her as imitable,
bringing out her virtues, saying that she lived by faith just like
She is more Mother than Queen..."
Day 7: 28th September
PRAYER - by St Therese
for me is simply a raising of the heart, a simple glance towards
Heaven, an expression of love and gratitude in the midst of trial as
well as in times of joy;
in a word, it is something noble and supernatural expanding my soul and uniting it to God...
I take refuge in prayer; indeed, all my strength lies in prayer and
sacrifice. They are my invincible arms, and I know from experience that
I can conquer hearts with these more surely than I can with words.
The power of prayer is certainly wonderful. One might liken it to a
queen who always has free access to the King and can obtain everything
Day 8: 29th September
|UNDERSTANDING OTHERS - by St Therese
you are exasperated with someone, the way to recover your peace of mind
is to pray for that person and ask God to reward her for giving you an
opportunity to suffer... It is because you do not soften your heart in
advance that you are easily overcome... How often one hurts without
So many are sick, others are weak, and all of them are suffering. We
ought to be very gentle with them... One should always treat others
charitably, for very often what one thinks is negligence is heroic in
God's eyes. A sister who is suffering from migraine, or is troubled
interiorly does more when she does half of what is required of her than
another who does it all, but is sound in mind and body.
You must become gentle; never any harsh words, never a harsh tone; never take on a harsh look, always be gentle."
Day 9: 30th September
|HUMILITY - by St Therese
"God knows your intentions. As long as you are humble you will be happy.
Holiness is not in one exercise or another; it consists in a
disposition of the heart which renders us humble and little in the
hands of God, conscious of our weakness, and confident, even daringly
confident, of His paternal goodness."
Day: 1st October
|MY VOCATION IS LOVE - by St Therese
gave me the key to my vocation. I understood that since the Church is a
body composed of different members, she could not lack the most
necessary and most nobly endowed of all the bodily organs. I understood
that the Church has a heart - and a heart on fire with love... I
realised that love includes every vocation, that love is all things,
that love is eternal, reaching down through the ages and stretching to
the uttermost limits of earth...
Beside myself with joy, I cried out: "O Jesus, my Love, my vocation is found at last - my vocation is love!"
In the heart of the Church; my Mother, I will be Love!
Thus I shall be all things and my dream will be fulfilled."
After the reflection for each day
continue as follows:
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be...
to St. Thérèse
St Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face:
teach us to follow your little way
of confidence and trust.
Help us to realise that a Father's love watches over us each day of our lives, in sorrow as in joy, in trials as in peace.
Obtain for us the graces we hope for from God's infinite goodness.
St Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face, pray for us.