Friday, March 17, 2006

Fifth Day of Super Saint Novena

Fifth Day

Little Flower of Jesus,
from the very first moment of your religious life
you thought only of denying yourself in all things
so as to follow Jesus more perfectly;
help me to bear patiently the trials of my daily life.
Teach me to make use of the trials, the sufferings,
the humiliations, that come my way,
to learn to know myself better and to love God more.

Intercede for us all the days of our life,
but especially during this Novena and obtain for us from God
the graces and favors we ask through your intercession.

Thought for the day: Patience in Sufferings. I do not fear trials sent by Jesus, for even in the most bitter suffering we can see that it is His loving hand which causes it.
When we are expecting nothing but suffering, we are quite surprised at the least joy; but then suffering itself becomes the greatest of joys when we seek it as a precious treasure.
Far from resembling those beautiful saints who practiced all sorts of austerities from childhood, my penance consisted in breaking my self-will, in keeping back a sharp reply, in doing little kindnesses to those about me, but considering these deeds as nothing.

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