Sunday, May 03, 2009

Therese of Lisieux: Dear Jesus! 'tis Thy Holy Face

May 3, 2009

    As [Jesus] was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.
    -- Luke 9:29 (NIV)

    Dear Jesus! ’tis Thy Holy Face
        Is here the star that guides my way;
    Thy countenance, so full of grace,
        Is heaven on earth, for me, to-day.
    And love finds holy charms for me
        In Thy sweet eyes with tear-drops wet;
    Through mine own tears I smile at Thee,
        And in Thy griefs my pains forget.
    ... Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897), Poems of St. Teresa, Carmelite of Lisieux, Boston, Angel Guardian Press, 1907 (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, let me gaze on Your face.

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