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Prayer of St. Therese of Lisieux to the Divine Child Jesus

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“O Little Infant Jesus, my only treasure, I abandon myself to Your every wish.”

One of the most cherished devotions of St. Therese of Lisieux, the “Little Flower,” was a deep and abiding love for the Divine Child Jesus. She often thought of herself as a little toy of the baby Jesus, as she wrote in her autobiography.

I had offered myself to the Child Jesus to be His little plaything. I told Him not to treat me like one of those precious toys which children only look at and dare not touch, but to treat me like a little ball of no value, that could be thrown on the ground, kicked about, pierced, left in a corner, or pressed to His Heart just as it might please Him. In a word I wished to amuse the Holy child and to let Him play with me as He fancied.

This spirituality remained with her throughout her life and she even took the name “Therese of the Child Jesus” when she received the religious habit of a Carmelite nun.

Below is a brief prayer she composed to the baby Jesus, which is a perfect prayer for Christmas.

O Little Infant Jesus, my only treasure, I abandon myself to Your every wish. I seek no other joy than that of calling forth Your sweet smile. Grant me the graces and the virtues of Your Holy Childhood, so that on the day of my birth into Heaven the angels and saints may recognize me as Your little spouse.

Read more: 5 Quotes from St. Therese of Lisieux for a fruitful Advent

Read more: The Christmas miracle that changed one stubborn girl’s life forever

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