We are on Day 5 of the Novena, friends. Today I pass along St. Therese’s reflection on the Power of Prayer…
The power of prayer is really tremendous. It makes one like a queen who can approach the king at any time and get whatever she asks for: To be sure of an answer, there is no need to recite from a book a formula composed for the occasion. If there were, I should have to be pitied.
Though I’m quite unworthy, I love to say the Divine Office every day, but apart from that I cannot bring myself to hunt through books for beautiful prayers. There are so many of them that I get a headache. Besides, each prayer seems lovelier than the next. I cannot possibly say them all and do not know which to choose. I behave like children who cannot read: I tell God very simply what I want, and he always understands.
For me, prayer is an upward leap of the heart, an untroubled glance toward heaven, a cry of gratitude and love which I utter from the depths of sorrow as well as from the heights of joy. It has a supernatural grandeur that expands the soul and unites it with God.