St. Therese of Liseux on Prayer


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Talks at Emmaus prayer meeting on St. Therese of Liseux, 26th Feb 2011.

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St. Therese of Liseux on Prayer

  1. 1. St. Therese of LisieuxOn Prayer
  2. 2. The first time I knew herIt was in 1997 ...
  3. 3. What prayer is ● Prayer is, for me, an outburst from the heart; it is a simple glance darted upwards to Heaven; it is a cry of gratitude and of love in the midst of trial as in the midst of joy! In a word, it is something exalted, supernatural, which dilates the soul and unites it to God.
  4. 4. How to pray ● I have not the courage to force myself to seek beautiful prayers in books; not knowing which to choose I act as children do who cannot read; I say quite simply to the good God what I want to tell Him, and He always understands me. ● As I grew older I loved the good God more and more, and very frequently did I offer Him my heart, using the words my mother had taught me. I strove in all my actions to please Jesus and was most watchful never to offend Him.
  5. 5. Prayer and Sacrifice● My whole strength lies in prayer and sacrifice, these are my invincible arms; they can move hearts far better than words, I know it by experience
  6. 6. Prayer and Sacrifice● How shall I show my love is proved by deeds? Well - the little child will strew flowers...she will embalm the Divine Throne with their fragrance, will sing with silvery voice the canticle of love.● Yes, my Beloved, it is thus that my lifes brief day shall be spent before Thee. No other means have I of proving my love than to strew flowers; that is, to let no little sacrifice escape me, not a look, not a word, to avail of the very least actions and do them for Love.
  7. 7. Prayer and Silence "But what are you doing?" she asked; "you should try to sleep." "I cannot, dear Sister, I suffer too much! then I pray..." "And what do you say to Jesus?" "I say nothing, I love Him!"
  8. 8. Her last words● looking at her crucifix: "Oh!...I Love Him!...My GOD, I...LOVE...THEE!!!"
  9. 9. Dryness in prayer● Sometimes when I find myself, spiritually, in dryness so great that I cannot produce a single good thought, I recite very slowly a Pater or an Ave Maria; these prayers alone console me, they suffice, they nourish my soul.● But it is from the Gospels that I find most help in the time of prayer; from them I draw all that I need for my poor soul.