Praying with St Therese of Lisieux

Name: Therese Martin

Born: Normandy, France, 1873

Role in the Church: Carmelite Nun from the age of 15 at the Convent in Lisieux. Declared a Doctor of the Church in 1997.

Died: 30 September 1897. Declared a Saint in 1927, Patron Saint of Missions. Declared a Doctor of the Church in 1997.

Feast Day: 1 October

St Therese of Lisieux said this about prayer:

For me, prayer is: -

an uplifting of the heart,

a glance towards heaven,

a cry of gratitude and of love

in times of sorrow as well as joy.

It is something noble,

something supernatural,

which expands the soul

and unites it to God …

The advice of St Therese is straight forward and down to earth, so she says:

I have not the courage

to search through books for beautiful prayers;

they are so numerous, that is would only make my head ache …

I say just what I want to say to God,

quite simply and he never fails to understand.

St Therese of Lisieux helps us when it is difficult to pray, she says:

… I repeat very slowly the Our Father and the Hail Mary which console me …

We make the sign of the Cross, saying:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Our Father,

who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

Hail Mary, full of grace,

the Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners

now and at the hour of death. Amen

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

And during the day, let’s put this good example into action:

When I am unable to pray …

I look for little opportunities

to do good:

a smile

or a kind word