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Prayer 6 from Therese of Lisieux

J.M.J.T.

Offering of myself as a Victim of Holocaust to God's Merciful Love

 

O My God! Most Blessed Trinity, I desire 5 to Love you and make you Loved, to work for the glory of Holy Church by saving souls on earth and liberating those suffering in purgatory. I desire to accomplish your will perfectly and to reach the degree of glory 10 you have prepared for me in your kingdom. I desire, in a word, to be a Saint, but I feel my helplessness and I beg you, O my God! to be yourself my Sanctity!

Since You loved me so much as to give me 15 your only Son as my Savior and my Spouse, the infinite treasures of his merits are mine. I offer them to you with gladness, beg­ging you to look on me only through the Face of Jesus and in his Heart burning with Love.

20 I offer you, too, all the merits of the Saints (in Heaven and on earth), their acts of Love, and those of the Holy Angels. Finally, I offer you, O Blessed Trinity! the Love and merits of the Blessed Virgin, my dear Mother. It is to her 25 I abandon my offering, begging her to present it to you. Her Divine Son, my Beloved Spouse, told us in the days of his mortal life: "Whatsoever you ask the Father in my name he will give it to you! " I am certain, then, that you will grant my desires; 130 know, O my God! That the more you want to give, the more you make us desire. I feel in my heart immense desires and it is with confidence I ask you to come and take possession of my soul. Ah! I cannot re­ceive Holy Communion as often as I desire, but, Lord, are you not All-Powerful? Remain in me as in a tabernacle and never separate yourself from your little host

35 I want to console you for the ingratitude of the wicked, and I beg of you to take away my freedom to dis­please you. If through weakness I sometimes fall, may your Divine Glance cleanse my soul immediately, consuming all my imperfections like the fire that transforms everything into itself.

I thank you, O my God! for all the graces you have granted me, especially the grace 40 of making me pass through the crucible of suffering. It is with joy I shall con­template You on the last day carrying the scepter of your Cross. Since you deigned to give me a share in this very precious Cross, I hope in Heaven to resemble you and to see shining in my glorified body the sacred stigmata of Your Passion...

After earth's exile, I hope to go and enjoy you in the Fatherland, but I do not want 45 to lay up merits for Heaven. I want to work for your Love alone with the one purpose of pleasing you, consoling your Sacred Heart, and saving souls who will love you eternally.

In the evening of this life, I shall appear before you with empty hands, for I do not ask you, Lord, to count my works. All our justice is stained in your eyes. 5 0 I wish, then, to be clothed in your own Justice and to receive from your Love the eternal possession of Yourself. I want no other Throne, no other Crown but You, my Beloved!

Time is nothing in your eyes, and a single day is like a thousand years; you can, then, in one instant prepare me to appear before you...

5 5 In order to live in one single act of perfect Love, I offer myself as a victim of holocaust to your merciful love, asking you to consume me incessantly, allowing the waves of infinite tenderness shut up within you to overflow into my soul, and that thus I may become 60 a Martyr of your Love, O my God!...

May this martyrdom, after having prepared me to ap­pear before you, finally cause me to die and may my soul take its flight without any delay into the eternal embrace of Your Merciful 65 Love...

I want, O my Beloved, at each beat of my heart to re­new this offering to you an infinite number of times, until the shadows having disappeared 70 I may be able to tell you of my Love in an Eternal Face to Face!...

Marie, Françoise, Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face unworthy Carmelite religious

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

The 9th day of June in the year of grace 1895.

 

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