" while we are in the grace of God, we enjoy the citizenship of paradise, and belong to the household of God. "
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St Terese of Lisieux





 Full well you know that from my tenderest years

 Your image sweet has borne my heart away,

 For tender pity in your gaze appears,

 With you I found the golden light of day. 



 O Virgin Mary, when to heaven I go

 Your loveliness forever shall I see; 

 But my Perpetual Succour here below

 Is your sweet Image ever dear to me.  




When fervour made me willing to obey

It seemed as if your picture on me smiled,

But if betimes, my will was led astray,

Your welling tears reproved your erring child.




In hearkening ever to my lowly prayer, 

You showered on me the sweetness of your love,

The very thought of you is now a share 

A foretaste of eternal bliss above. 




 O Mother dearest, 'mid temptation's strife

 I feel that you a constant strength impart,

 Because you know that till the close of life

 I wish to offer souls to Jesus' Heart.




For evermore your Image shall remain

 My treasure, my Perpetual Succour be,

And 'tis my wish in death's dread hour of pain

My dying gaze may still be fixed on thee. 






 Then soaring to the vast, eternal shore,  

 I'll come to rest, dear Mother, at your feet;

 And there held safe, enjoy for evermore,

 The tender bliss of your caresses sweet.



Prayer for Young People


St Teresa


May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.


May you use those gifts that you have received,

And pass on the love that has been given to you.


May you be content knowing that you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones,

and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.


St Therese of Lisieux 1873-1897