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A Journey of Faith

by ajourneyoffaith on April 11, 2007

 The following is the 9th in a series of talks by one of our employees relating the amazing healing power and love of God in her life.

Dear Readers,

This week I would like to share with you a beautiful poem written by St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower, from the book “The Poetry of Saint Therese of Lisieux”. This particular poem reminds me of a truth we so often deny. So often, we cannot move beyond our past or we continually worry about our future. With each waking breath, God gives us the opportunity to offer Him the very best of ourselves. Today is all we have…yesterday is gone…tomorrow may never come. I have had to learn this lesson through much pain and suffering and loss. And yet, its truth rings so loudly within my spirit now. If our Lord were to call us Home this day, will He say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant?” Or, do we still have some unfinished business to tend to? Tend to it now! Don’t wait for tomorrow…the tomorrow that may never come. Today is the day to put aside our pride and ego, anger and hatred, selfishness and jealousy and live in the imitation of Christ…living in humility, with a spirit of forgiveness, and above all, a spirit of love, putting the needs of others above ourselves remembering how close we are to His Sacred Heart when acting in Hope, Charity and Love as children of God.

My Song for Today

My life is but an instant, a passing hour.
My life is but a day that escapes and flies away.
O my God! You know that to love you on earth
I only have today!…

Oh, I love you, Jesus! My soul yearns for you.
For just one day remain my sweet support.
Come reign in my heart, give me your smile
Just for today!

Lord, what does it matter if the future is gloomy?
To pray for tomorrow, oh no, I cannot!…
Keep my heart pure, cover me with your shadow
Just for today.

If I think about tomorrow, I fear my fickleness.
I feel sadness and worry rising up in my heart.
But I’m willing, my God, to accept trial and suffering
Just for today.

O Divine Pilot! Whose hand guides me,
I’m soon to see you on the eternal shore.
Guide my little boat over the stormy waves in peace
Just for today.

Ah! Lord, let me hide in your Face.
There I’ll no longer hear the world’s vain noise.
Give me your love, keep me in your grace
Just for today.

Near your divine Heart, I forget all passing things.
I no longer dread the fears of the night.
Ah! Jesus, give me a place in your Heart
Just for today.

Living Bread, Bread of Heaven, divine Eucharist,
O sacred Mystery! that Love has brought forth…
Come live in my heart, Jesus, my white Host,
Just for today.

Deign to unite me to you, Holy and sacred Vine,
And my weak branch will give you its fruit,
And I’ll be able to offer you a cluster of golden grapes
Lord, from today on.

I’ve just this fleeting day to form
This cluster of love whose seeds are souls
Ah! give me, Jesus, the fire of an Apostle
Just for today.

O Immaculate Virgin! You are my Sweet Star
Giving Jesus to me and uniting me to Him.
O Mother! Let me rest under your veil
Just for today.

My Holy Guardian Angel, cover me with your wing.
With your fire light the road that I’m taking
Come direct my steps…help me, I call upon you
Just for today.

Lord, I want to see you without veils, without clouds,
But still exiled, far from you, I languish.
May your lovable face not be hidden from me
Just for today.

Soon I’ll fly away to speak your praises
When the day without sunset will dawn on my soul.
Then I’ll sing on the Angels’ lyre
The Eternal Today!…

God bless you all,

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