Is There a Novena I Can Pray to St. Thérèse?


The most loved and repeated novena to St. Thérèse is the "Miraculous Invocation to St. Thérèse". It is as follows:

O Glorious St. Thérèse, whom Almighty God has raised up to aid and inspire the human family, I implore your Miraculous Intercession. You are so powerful in obtaining every need of body and spirit from the Heart of God. Holy Mother Church proclaims you 'Prodigy of Miracles... the Greatest Saint of Modern Times.' Now I fervently beseech you to answer my petition (mention here) and to carry out your promises of spending Heaven doing good on earth...of letting fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses. Little Flower, give me your childlike faith, to see the Face of God in the people and experiences of my life, and to love God with full confidence. St. Thérèse, my Carmelite Sister, I will fulfill your plea 'to be made known everywhere' and I will continue to lead others to Jesus through you. Amen.

A novena prayer is usually nine days. These prayers are powerful. Sometimes, just a long personal talk with St. Thérèse, in your own words and from your heart, is just as powerful. Thérèse proposes and used a very simple spirituality. While some people have proposed that certain prayers must be said at certain times and before certain hours, and connected with other prayers, this is not Thérèse's "little way". She took seriously Jesus' request that we not use lots of words, but rather pray to God our Father in simple, hidden and honest ways. Because a certain formula, place or time works for someone, it should not be canonized as the way to pray. Some people do a real disservice to Thérèse by surrounding her and their devotion to Thérèse with superstition. It is not important or even significant that a certain novena prayer be said before a certain hour or in conjunction with other prayers. This is nothing but superstition, not piety.

Pray to our saintly friend St. Thérèse with the honesty and love of a friend and the simplicity of a child. This is what she taught us. Novena prayers are very helpful and express the devotion of many hearts.

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