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Saint Therese of the Child Jesus - "In the heart of the church I will be love"
Saint Therese of the Child Jesus - "In the heart of the church I will be love"
Saint Therese of the Child Jesus - "In the heart of the church I will be love"
 
 
 
 

 
 

Saint Therese of Lisieux adoring Jesus Christ Crucified; stthereseministry.com
 
 
In the heart of the church I will be love

From the autobiography of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
Manuscrits autobiographiques, Lisieux 1957, 227-229


Having an immense desire for martyrdom, I resorted to the Epistles of Saint Paul so as to find an answer.

My eyes by chance came upon the 12th and 13th chapters of the First Epistle to the Corinthians, and in the first chapter that all of them cannot be at the same time apostles, prophets and teachers; that the Church consists of diverse members and that the eye cannot be at the same time a hand. A very clear answer, certainly; yet, not sufficient to satisfy my desires and give me peace.

I continued reading without becoming discouraged and I found this consoling exhortation: "aspire to the most excellent gifts. I want to show you a path that is still even better."

In effect, the Apostle allows us to notice how gifts without charity are nothing and how this same charity is the best path to arrive to God in the most secure manner. Finally I have found tranquility!

Upon contemplating the Mystical Body of the Church, I recognized myself in none of the members that Saint Paul enumerates; instead what I desired was to see myself in all of them.

In charity I discovered the hinge post of my vocation. I understood that the Church has a body which results from the union of its various members, but which is not lacking the most needed and noble of all: I understood that the Church has a heart and that this heart is burning in love.

I understood that only love is that which motivates the members of the Church to work and that, if that love were to be lacking, neither would the Apostles announce the Gospel; nor would the martyrs spill their blood.

I clearly recognized and convinced myself that love encloses within itself all the vocations, that love is everything, and that it covers all times and places. Expressed in one word, that love is eternal.

Then, full of an overflowing joy, I exclaimed: "Oh Jesus, my love, I have finally found my vocation: my vocation is love. Yes, I have found my own place in the Church, and that place is the one that You have pointed out to me, My God. In the heart of the Church, who is my mother, I will be love; in this way I will be all, and my desire will be completely fulfilled."


Translated from the Spanish Liturgies of the Hours by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar


 
In the heart of the church I will be love

From the autobiography of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
Manuscrits autobiographiques, Lisieux 1957, 227-229


Having an immense desire for martyrdom, I resorted to the Epistles of Saint Paul so as to find an answer.

My eyes by chance came upon the 12th and 13th chapters of the First Epistle to the Corinthians, and in the first chapter that all of them cannot be at the same time apostles, prophets and teachers; that the Church consists of diverse members and that the eye cannot be at the same time a hand. A very clear answer, certainly; yet, not sufficient to satisfy my desires and give me peace.

I continued reading without becoming discouraged and I found this consoling exhortation: "aspire to the most excellent gifts. I want to show you a path that is still even better."

In effect, the Apostle allows us to notice how gifts without charity are nothing and how this same charity is the best path to arrive to God in the most secure manner. Finally I have found tranquility!

Upon contemplating the Mystical Body of the Church, I recognized myself in none of the members that Saint Paul enumerates; instead what I desired was to see myself in all of them.

In charity I discovered the hinge post of my vocation. I understood that the Church has a body which results from the union of its various members, but which is not lacking the most needed and noble of all: I understood that the Church has a heart and that this heart is burning in love.

I understood that only love is that which motivates the members of the Church to work and that, if that love were to be lacking, neither would the Apostles announce the Gospel; nor would the martyrs spill their blood.

I clearly recognized and convinced myself that love encloses within itself all the vocations, that love is everything, and that it covers all times and places. Expressed in one word, that love is eternal.

Then, full of an overflowing joy, I exclaimed: "Oh Jesus, my love, I have finally found my vocation: my vocation is love. Yes, I have found my own place in the Church, and that place is the one that You have pointed out to me, My God. In the heart of the Church, who is my mother, I will be love; in this way I will be all, and my desire will be completely fulfilled."


Translated from the Spanish Liturgies of the Hours by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar


 
 
 

 
 

Saint Therese of Lisieux mosaic, crypte at the Basillica of Saint Theresa of Lisieux, Normandie, France; commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
"For me, prayer is a burst from my heart, it is a simple glance thrown toward heaven, a cry of thanksgiving and love in times of trial as well as in times of joy."
"For me, prayer is a burst from my heart, it is a simple glance thrown toward heaven, a cry of thanksgiving and love in times of trial as well as in times of joy."
"For me, prayer is a burst from my heart, it is a simple glance thrown toward heaven, a cry of thanksgiving and love in times of trial as well as in times of joy."
 
 
 
 
October 1 and 3 - Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus of Lisieux (1873-1897) - "In the heart of the church I will be love"


 
 

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OUR FATHER

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.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May then rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.