Prayer 3 from Therese of Lisieux

A Look of Love at Jesus



[original manuscript lost]

Jesus, your little brides resolve to keep their eyes low­ered in the refectory so that they may honor You and imi­tate the example You gave them when You were in Herod's presence. When that impious ruler mocked You, O Infinite Beauty, not a 5 complaint fell from your divine lips. You did not even deign to rest your adorable eyes on him. Oh! di­vine Jesus, doubtless Herod did not deserve a look from You, but we, your brides, want to attract your divine gaze toward us. We ask You to reward us with 10 a look of love ev­ery time we deprive ourselves of raising our eyes and we ask You not to refuse us this gentle look even when we fall, since we will count our failings. We will form a bouquet that you will not reject; we are confident of it. In these flowers You will see our desire to 15 love You and to resemble You, and You will bless your little children.


O Jesus! look on us with love and give us your sweet kiss.


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