Dear readers of Vultus Christi, this morning we began our Triduum to Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face. Dom Benedict gave a moving sermon at Holy Mass in which he invited us to seek the intercession of Saint Thérèse, Love at the heart of the Church, for the Church universal and for the forthcoming Synod in Rome; for good and numerous vocations to Silverstream Priory; and for the financial means required to continue the renovation of Silverstream Priory and to build the new monastery church.
O glorious Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face, cherished child of the Father, virgin espoused to the Son, humble Doctor instructed by the Holy Ghost, We greet thee with joy and approach thee with confidence. The wonders wrought by thy intercession are too many to be counted; thou showest thyself the friend and advocate of all who have recourse to thee in time of need.
We rely on thy childlike power over the Father's Heart. From thy place in heaven thou seest our afflictions and, by a merciful disposition of Providence, thou sendest roses of pity to those who seek thy help. There is no misery of body or of soul to which thou dost not respond with love.
Thou who didst seek to be love in the heart of the Church, while still on earth, art forever love in the heart of the Church from the place that is thine in Heaven. Descend to us, Saint Thérèse. Hasten to us who are waiting for a rose from heaven, a sign of thy compassion, a pledge of thy assistance. Who hath not heard of thy errands of love in every place and on every continent?
Walk with us, Saint Thérèse, lest we wander from thy little way. Change, we pray thee, our timid and faltering confidence, into a confidence that is limitless and bold, that by offering ourselves, as thou didst offer thyself, to the mystery of Merciful Love, our confidence may be perfected, as was thine, in the contemplation of the holy and adorable Face of Jesus: thine own heart's treasure in this valley of tears, and thine all-surpassing joy in the brightness of the heavenly fatherland. Amen.