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"I need a heart burning with tenderness
Who will be my support forever,
Who loves everything within me, even my weakness...
And who never leaves me day or night.
I could find no creature
Who could always love me and never die.
I must have a God who takes on my nature
And becomes my brother and is able to suffer!
You heard me, only Friend whom I love.
To ravish my heart, you became man.
You shed your blood, what a supreme mystery!
And you still love for me on the Altar.
If I cannot see the brilliance of your Face
Or hear your sweet voice,
O my God, I can live by your Grace,
I can rest on your Sacred Heart!
O Heart of Jesus, treasure of tenderness,
You Yourself are my happiness, my only hope.
You who knew how to charm my tender youth,
Stay near me till the last night.
Lord, to you alone I've given my life,
And all my desires are well known to you.
It's in your ever-infinite goodness
That I want to lose myself, O Heart of Jesus!"
– Excerpts from the poem "To the Sacred Heart of Jesus"
St. Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897)
Don't St. Thérèse's words cause your heart to burn with love for Jesus and His Sacred Heart? Take time to slowly ponder this quote today and allow your soul to be inflamed with tenderness for your dearest friend, Jesus.