PRAYER IN HONOUR OF SAINT THERESA # 8

O Little Martyr of Love
you know now even better
than in the days of your pilgrimage
that love embraces all vocations:
that it is love alone that counts,
which unites us perfectly with God
and conforms our will with His.
All you sought on earth was love;
to love Jesus as He had never yet been loved.
Use your power in heaven to make us love Him.
If only we love Him
we shall desire to make Him loved by others;
we shall pray much for souls.
We shall no longer fear death,
for it will unite us with Him for ever.
Obtain for us the grace to do all for the love of God,
to give Him pleasure,
to love Him so well that He may be pleased with us
as He was with you.

Amen.

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What is prayer?

Prayer is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God.

Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens. (Lamentations 3:41)

How do we know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly?

We know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly because Our Lord has promised: “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you.”

And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, in order that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

Why do we not always obtain what we pray for?

We do not always obtain what we pray for, either because we have not prayed properly or because God sees that what we are asking would not be for our good.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your passions. (James 4:3)

Prayer from the Baltimore Catechism