To the Sacred Heart

A heart I need, to soothe me and to bless, —
A strong support that cannot pass away, —
To love me wholly, e’en my feebleness,
And never leave me through the night or day.
There is not one created thing below,
Can love me truly, and can never die.
God become man — none else my needs can know;
He, He alone, can understand my cry.

Thou comprehendest all I need, dear Lord!
To win my heart, from heaven Thou didst come;
For me Thy blood didst shed, O King adored!
And on our altars makest Thy home.
So, if I may not here behold Thy Face,
Or catch the heav’nly music of Thy Voice,
I still can live, each moment, by Thy grace,
And in Thy Sacred Heart I can rejoice.

O Heart of Jesus, wealth of tenderness!
My joy Thou art, in Thee I safely hide.
Thou, Who my earliest youth didst charm and bless,
Till my last evening, oh! with me abide,
All that I had, to Thee I wholly gave,
To Thee each deep desire of mine is known.
Whoso his life shall lose, that life shall save; —
Let mine be ever lost in Thine alone!

From the poem To the Sacred Heart, by St. Therese 

If you’d like a little spiritual reading on St. Therese and her devotion to the Sacred Heart click here.

Illumined by the light of the Gospel

Today we celebrate the one year anniversary of our blog – and the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux.  Just last weekend her relics were being venerated at the Little Flower Basilica here in town.  We were unable to go, but there’s just something comforting about the fact that she was “in town” for the weekend.  Of course, she is always around, no farther away than a prayer, and her powerful intercession has been felt by each of us at different times throughout our lives.

She is the youngest doctor of the Church, and the most recent, being declared a doctor Continue reading