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,
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.