A Marian Prayer by Saint Therese of Lisieux on her Feast Day 

 

 Ikon Venecia 1

A Marian Prayer by Saint Therese of Lisieux

Virgin full of grace,
I know that at Nazareth you lived modestly,
without requesting anything more.
Neither ecstasies, nor miracles, 
nor other extra ordinary deeds
enhanced your life,
O Queen of the elect.
The number of the lowly, “the little ones,” is very great on earth.
They can raise their eyes to you without any fear.
You are the incomparable Mother
who walks with them along the common way to guide them to heaven.
Beloved Mother, in this harsh exile,
I want to live always with you
and follow you every day.
I am enraptured by the contemplation of you and 
I discover the depths of the love of your heart.
All my fears vanish under your motherly gaze, 
which teaches me to weep and to rejoice!  Amen.  
— Saint Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)

[SOURCE: Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions.  Richard J. Beyer, Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press,  1996.]

[PHOTO by Kandi Icon of Veniceis licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license. Wikimedia Commons]   

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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