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.]
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