Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom God's love commits me here,
Ever this day be at my side,
To light, to guard, to rule, and guide.
Little Flower, in this hour, show your power!
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We're in the home stretch of our triple novena! We were originally scheduled to end yesterday on the feast of St. Therese, but Marcel and I couldn't resist thanking our angels (and begging them to continue helping us) by adding in the Angel of God prayer to our Therese prayer and adding two more days. This way we get angelic help and an extra feast of St. Therese since she is celebrated tomorrow in the old calendar (which is now the extraordinary form calendar, and it is extraordinary how many feasts this double calendar set-up can yield). I LOVE IT!
Wait, though. Why would Marcel still need his angel's help? He went to eternal life in 1959, and God willing, he's been in Heaven ever since. But here's what has me thinking . . . That picture above is my Favorite Place in the World picture - it's a photo of the main altar in the Crypt of the Basilica of St. Therese in Lisieux. And what I especially love (of the 733 or so things I LOVE about the Crypt) is that there is a Byzantine-Vegas mosaic behind Therese (kind of classical mixed with sparkly), and Therese is presented in statuesque form with arms raised ready to drop down roses on us, as she promised.
But the angels! The angels are supplying her with the heavenly roses she'll shower upon priests, missions, the Church, and the whole world (she promised, and she fulfills!) - but who are those angels? I am wondering if they are the guardian angels of her and her little army of victims of love . . .
More to muse on for Miss Marcel . . . but now I have a new holy hour thanks to your prayers. Remember that first miracle of our triple novena? It's the restoration of perpetual adoration at St. Francis of Assisi in Fillmore, and we were going to keep praying till St. Francis Day if we had to. Well! We of little faith! We don't have to keep praying! Except we do, since we obtained our goal, perpetual adoration was restored, and I have a new holy hour on Mondays . . . and although it's entirely possible that I will forget to pray there (even if I remember to go there), I'm confident that today of all days my angel will supply for my weaknesses, as he has been doing for my whole life so far. It's the guardian angels feast, and I wonder what you get the angel who has everything? Ooooh, maybe let's say a Hail Mary in thanks and praise and joy for our angels. They love Our Lady so much that I bet they'll wonder how we suddenly got so good!
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Day after tomorrow's 2nd Therese day is St. Francis of Assisi's feast - what a week of joy! Keep piling in those intentions and we'll stir them up and present them to Jesus at our new holy hour - and I mean "our" to include you because without you I may not have signed up. Thank you!
Thank you too for your little prayer (if you remembered to say one, and now that I bring it up, I'm sure you wish you had, so that counts as well!) for my talk last night. It was an absolute joy, and I hope to tell you more about it soon.
Meanwhile. . .
Get ready for roses! We're going to do our level best to supply plenty tomorrow, and we hope you find them in your mailbox before the day is through.
Draw me, we will run!
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