Reflections on my devotion to St. Joan and St. Thérèse
"Dearest Saints Joan of Arc and Thérèse of Lisieux, we come to honor you as our spiritual sisters in the glory bestowed upon you by Our Lord Jesus Christ through the heart of His most holy Mother, Mary. We, without merit and only by the grace of Almighty God, share your spiritual blood through the fire of the most Holy Spirit, that Holy Fire that arced through time and space to light our souls in Christ, to our unspeakable joy, in kinship with you. God is good! Let us praise Him together, sisters!
However, in our equally unspeakable sadness for our sinfulness and unworthiness to share in such a magnificent honor; that is, that we should have the sublime honor of belonging to your royal household, we cry out for your patronage, your protection, your prayers, and your friendship. We humbly ask that by the power of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, you walk with us and be our constant guides as we struggle on our journey to our shared homeland, the glorious Kingdom of God.
Dearest Saints Joan and Thérèse, may our hearts and souls be united with yours in Christ through the heart of our common mother, the Virgin Mary. May we all, with our earthly families, friends, and companions, come to join you and all the saints in the fullness of the true heavenly family that is our heritage through the infinite merits of Jesus, He before Whom we fall to the ground, in both holy fear and holy love, to adore.
We ask especially in these most evil and blasphemous times, that, in addition to Faith, Hope, and Love, you would obtain for us the virtues of humility and purity, the noble guardians of our treasures. May we, with your sisterly care, seek to renew our baptismal vows, to reject Satan and his evil lies, to reject the spirit of the world, and to testify daily in our thoughts, words, and deeds, to our fidelity to the Kingship of Jesus Christ in our lives.
Saints Joan and Thérèse, our sisters in Christ, we ask with true sincerity and fraternal love in our hearts that you would bring us to rest in the depths of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Mother, the Mother of the Church, and the Mother of God. Through your powerful assistance, may we come to the fullness of True Devotion to Mary as prescribed by our glorious brother in Christ, Saint Louis Marie de Montfort. To Jesus through Mary in the sisterly care of Saints Joan and Thérèse. Amen, so be it.
Most noble Saints Joan and Thérèse, we ask for the courage to fight bravely, even to our death, for the Holy Roman Catholic Church, the true Church of Jesus Christ, that is His Body and His Bride. May we, through the grace obtained by your constant heavenly intercession and in union with that of Mary most holy, seek joyfully to carry our crosses, joyfully to suffer in union with Jesus Christ, all that we must in order to fulfill the heavenly Father’s will. May we offer our sufferings to bring victory and joy to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our most noble Queen. May our lives, with your help, and that we might find true freedom, be consecrated in slavery to our most glorious Queen. May we obtain, through your intercession, the grace to love our Queen with all of our heart, mind, and soul and to be willing to die for her honor.
Finally, in order to make permanent this prayer through the mindful exertion of our free will, and in order to devoutly submit ourselves to the Perfect Devotion to the Blessed Virgin given to us by Saint Louis, we likewise offer ourselves in consecration to you, Saints Joan of Arc and Thérèse of Lisieux, as our specific and particular expression of that same consecration we rightfully give to Holy Mary for the glory of her Son, Jesus Christ.
Saints Joan of Arc and Thérèse of Lisieux, we therefore set ourselves aside for you and for your mission on earth to bring souls to salvation in Christ Jesus through the Immaculate Heart Mary.
Saints Joan and Thérèse, pray for us! God is good!"
Out of love for Jesus Christ, true God and true man, the founder of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and out of love for His most Holy Mother Mary, Queen, by the grace of God, of heaven and earth, I acknowledge that through the Church we have received the fullness of God’s revelation, not through our own merit, intellect, or workings but only as the result of the gift and grace of being baptized members of the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church, the mystical body of Christ on earth.
I understand that these unearned graces carry the grave responsibility to share God’s love and truth with the world without compromising either love or truth. I am fully aware that my duty to faithfully, lovingly, and uncompromisingly proclaim the revelations held, by the sole authority of its Magisterium, in the treasury of the Church through its Scriptures and Traditions will often times make my journey lonely and filled with adversity.
I am willing, and I promise, to take this path, the path of the Holy Cross, to walk alone if needed, to reject the world and its evil master in a spirit of poverty, of renewal of my baptismal promises, and in consecrated slavery to the Virgin Mary with the friendship and protective patronage of St. Joan of Arc and the co-patronage of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, in order to bring Christ’s message to the world in thought, word, and deed; and, in a spirit of prayer, humility, purity, and service to the poor and the weakest, to seek union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, without Whom we are lost.
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