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  • Writer's pictureJaro Carmel

Bishop McCloskey and his dear Little Flower




“I once did not have any devotion to the Little Flower, nor did I believe she was such a great saint. However, I told her that if she would obtain for me an increase of love to the Blessed Virgin and her Divine Son, I would then have confidence in her.

Now the dear Little Saint heard my conditions and she granted my request, so I then began to have the devotion to her which seems to increase each year.

Now I have the greatest confidence in our dear Little Saint and I feel that the Blessed Virgin has given her to me, through the prayers of the dear Carmelites, as my guide of love and sanctity. You yourself, my dear Mother Theresa of Jesus, told me when you sent me the statue of the “Little Flower” from Molo, that she was to be my guide of love and sanctity” (Bishop McCloskey's letter to Mother Theresa, March 3, 1926).


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Novena to St. Therese of the Child Jesus

September 22 – 30


O glorious St. Therese, you whom Almighty God has raised up to aid and counsel mankind, we implore your intercession, so powerful are you in obtaining every grace we need, that not without reason does holy Mother the Church proclaim you “A Prodigy of Miracles… the greatest Saint of Modern Times.” Fervently we now beseech you to answer our petitions (here mention your petition) and to carry out your promises of spending Heaven in doing good upon earth… of letting fall from heaven a shower of roses.

V. Pray for us St. Therese of the Child Jesus

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Let us pray…

O God who did inflame with your spirit of love your servant St. Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love You and make you much loved. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


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