A Tired Papa And The Grace Of God
After midnight mass, young Therese overheard her Papa grumble about the tradition of opening Christmas goodies placed in shoes near the "chimney-corner." Normally, her beloved Papa grumbling about anything to do with Therese would have brought her to tears. However, this time, God gave her the grace to react with cheer and a sudden desire to fish for souls:
On that night of light began the third period of my life, the most beautiful and the most filled with graces from heaven. I experienced a great desire to work for the conversion of sinners, a desire I hadn't felt so intensely before. (Chapter V of Story of a Soul)
December 25 - January 2 ... Nine Days
If you start a novena on Christmas Day, it ends on St. Therese's birthday: January 2!
Personal Prayer or Already-Composed Prayer?
I'm one who sometimes prefers to make up my own prayers/novena ... St. Therese herself was not typically fond of long wordy prayers. However, many do prefer elegant and poetic-like prayers. So, if a St. Therese Christmas Novena appeals to your heart, consider making one up or use one below during these nine days from Christmas until the Little Flower's birthday:
The Feast of St. Malachi
Today, December 18, is the Feast Day of the Old Testament Prophet, Saint Malachi ...
|2004 Martyrologium Romanum (Roman Martyrology)|
We hear two readings from Saint Malachi's writings during the course of the 3 year cycle of Sunday Mass Bible passages:
|Mal 1:14b—2:2b, 8-10||Year A||31st Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|Mal 3:19-20a||Year C||33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time|
But for you who fear my name,
there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.