A Crossroads of Intercessory Prayer
Vultus Christi is, in its own little way, a crossroads of intercessory prayer and a meeting place for those who seek comfort and help in the Communion of the Saints. I often receive requests for intercessory prayer. Yesterday, two of our Oklahoma Oblates wrote asking that we pray for a young wife and mother named Nicole F.
Oblate Sister Bethany wrote:
Nicole is a homeschooling mother of five, just three and half months expecting child number six. She was just diagnosed with a big brain tumor and is to have surgery on Tuesday in Boston. The recovery for this surgery is a year. She has such a bright intellect and is one of the most cheerful, hopeful, and delightful women of our acquaintance. Her faith is so strong and beautiful and her dedication to her husband and family inspiring. If you could please pray for her it would be such a consolation.
Oblate Sister Columba wrote:
I write to beg prayers for my dear friend Nicole F. who will go in to the hospital on Monday, Nov. 24th for surgery to remove a massive brain tumor. She is 3 1/2 months pregnant with their sixth child, the oldest is 8. Nicole and her husband Fred are particularly devoted to St. Thérèse. If it please God the surgery goes well, the estimated recovery time is one year.
Given Nicole’s devotion to Saint Thérèse, I am asking the readers of Vultus Christi to say for her the Supplication to the Little Flower that we often pray here at Silverstream Priory:
O glorious Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus
and of the Holy Face,
cherished child of the Father,
virgin espoused to the Son,
humble Doctor instructed by the Holy Ghost,
We greet thee with joy
and approach thee with confidence.
The wonders wrought by thy intercession
are too many to be counted;
thou showest thyself the friend and advocate
of all who have recourse to thee in time of need.
We rely on thy childlike power over the Father’s Heart.
From the thy place in heaven
thou seest our afflictions
and, by a merciful disposition of Providence,
thou sendest roses of pity to those who seek thy help.
There is no misery of body or of soul
to which thou dost not respond with love.
Thou who didst seek to be love in the heart of the Church,
while still on earth,
art forever love in the heart of the Church
from the place that is thine in Heaven.
Descend to us, Saint Thérèse.
Hasten to us who are waiting for a rose from heaven,
a sign of thy compassion, a pledge of thy assistance.
Who hath not heard of thy errands of love
in every place and on every continent?
Walk with us, Saint Thérèse,
lest we wander from thy little way.
Change, we pray thee, our timid and faltering confidence,
into a confidence that is limitless and bold,
that by offering ourselves, as thou didst offer thyself,
to the mystery of Merciful Love,
our confidence may be perfected, as was thine,
in the contemplation of the holy and adorable Face of Jesus:
thine own heart’s treasure in this valley of tears,
and thine all-surpassing joy
in the brightness of the heavenly fatherland.