Our personal litany of saints: Saint Therese

Our family prayers in the evening are very short. Typically 3 Hail Marys followed by our litany to our own special patron saints. Honestly, we still don’t all remember to say our prayers before we start dropping off to sleep, but we’re working on making it a habit earlier in the evening!

When we first began our courtship, we only had four saints in our litany. Two of my special heavenly friends, and two that were especially close to The Hunter.

My first and dearest patron is St. Therese of Lisieux. My mom read me a TAN children’s story of The Little Flower many years ago. I loved her striving for holiness as a young child and the story of her fishing trips with her father. When the time came, I chose St. Therese (she chose me?) as my Confirmation saint.

 

St. Therese and her papa. Both such an inspiration!

St. Therese and her papa. Both such an inspiration!

St. Therese has been with me for many years–and our relationship changes as I grow. I can still learn so much from her! I loved reading the account of her sister, Celine, who followed Therese to Carmel and was a novice under St. Therese’s formation. I thought that with Celine, I can learn from Therese!

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The dining room of Therese and her family. The clock on the mantel was made by her father.

Five years ago, I was blessed to visit Lisieux, and the home of Therese and her family, her bedroom, her toys and dresses, her parish church, and many scenes from her life that I am so familiar with!

The view from Therese's front door.

The view from Therese’s front door.

Now, I also try to learn from Therese’s parents–but that comes a little later in our litany. Check back soon for the story of our litany and how it has grown!

Our anniversary: Prayers at our wedding

Four years ago today was a day of excitement, nervousness, joy, and blessings.

With our souls fresh from confession the night before, we made our vows and received the Holy Eucharist for the first time as husband and wife.

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Holy Family holy cards passed out at our wedding to all of our guests.

Our favorite prayers included a memorare to St. Joseph and the 2nd Luminous Mystery, The Wedding Feast at Cana.

Our readings were from Tobit, from Ephesians (husbands love your wives, wives be submissive), and from John (the wedding feast at Cana).

But the most memorable prayer of our wedding was the prayer of Tobias and Sarah that we prayed. We too thanked St. Raphael for leading us on our journey to each other and our vocation.

“Blessed are you, O God of our ancestors;
blessed be your name forever and ever!
Let the heavens and all your creation bless you forever.
You made Adam, and you made his wife Eve to be his helper and support;
and from these two the human race has come.
You said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone; let us make him a helper like himself.’
Now, not with lust,
but with fidelity I take this kinswoman as my wife.
Send down your mercy on me and on her,
and grant that we may grow old together.
Bless us with children.
Amen. Amen.”

-Tobit 8:5-7