Prayer of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus

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St. Thérèse of Lisieux, also known as St. Therese of the Child Jesus or “The Little Flower”

Prayer of Saint Therese
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Praise to God

My Lord and my God
I have realized that whoever
undertakes to do anything
for the sake of earthly things
or to earn the praise of others
deceives himself.
Today one thing pleases the world,
tomorrow another.
What is praised on one occasion
is denounced on another.
Blessed be You,
my Lord and my God,
for You are unchangeable for all eternity.
Whoever serves You faithfully to the end
will enjoy life without end in eternity.
Amen.

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Mother of Compassion

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The Virgin in Prayer, by Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato, 1640-1650

Mother of Compassion 

O Holy Virgin, in the midst of all your glory,
we ask you not to forget the sorrows of this world.
Cast a look of pity upon all who
struggle against life’s difficulties,
and who cease not to feel all its bitterness.
Have pity on all who have been separated
from those they love.
Have pity on the lonely and friendless.
Pardon the weakness of our faith.
Have pity on those whom we love.
O Holy Mother, show a mother’s compassion
toward the sorrowful
and those who tremble under life’s afflictions.
Give them hope and peace.
Amen.

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Feast of Saint Matthew

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Fresco in Holy Trinity Parish Church in Schwarzenberg, by Angelica Kauffmann, 1757

Prayer to Saint Matthew, the Apostle

O Glorious Saint Matthew,
through the grace of God our Father
you gave us the Holy Gospel,
which brings us joy and life.
Inspired by your example,
I ask for your assistance in all my needs.
Help me to follow Christ
and remain faithful to His service.
Amen.

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