Dear Friends,

 

I suspect many of you are suffering from the prolonged fast from the Sacraments. Because we love Jesus, we want to receive Him often, even daily in the Eucharist.

 

Although we know He forgives us as soon as we ask, we still miss those consoling words of absolution spoken by the priest in the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

 

“And I absolve you from your sins, in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Can St. Therese Help Us with our Fast from the Sacraments?

Yes, she can! At the time St. Therese lived, people could not receive the anointing of the sick until they were right at the point of death. Three months before Therese’s death, her sisters were saying how they wished she could be anointed before she died. Our dear Little Flower replied,

 

“Without a doubt, it’s a great grace to receive the sacraments; but when God doesn’t allow it, it’s good just the same; everything is a grace.”
(Last Conversations, June 5, 1897)

 

EVERYTHING IS A GRACE!

Everything really is a grace! In fact, for the last 6 weeks of her life (42 days to be exact), she could not receive communion (August 19 to September 30, 1897). It was too exhausting for her to take part in the long ceremony used to give communion outside of Mass.

 

St. Therese served as sacristan in her convent. She loved the Eucharist! Pope Pius X called Therese “The Greatest Saint of Modern Times” and she has gone before us in a Eucharistic fast! I believe she wants to console us in our time of fasting as well.

 

A prayer that Sr. Briege taught me years ago is:

Little Flower, show your power, in this hour. Amen!

 

Two beautiful prayers composed by St. Therese, that I pray everyday are: her Daily Offering and An Act of Oblation to Merciful Love. Click here for Prayer Card.

In the love of Jesus,

Patti Mansfield