St. Therese of Lisieux, also called St. Therese of Lisieux, also called St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Doctor of the ChurchOn June 9, 1895, during the Mass of the Trinity, she offered herself to his Merciful Love. It is a high point of her life. From the first paragraph of her prayer, she offered herself also to free the souls suffering in purgatory.
Act of Offering to Merciful Love
by St. Therese of the Child Jesus, J. M. J. J. T.
Offering of myself, as a victim of holocaust, to the merciful love of God.
O my God, my Blessed Trinity! I desire to love you and to make you loved, to work for the glorification of the Holy Church, saving the souls on earth and to free those suffering in purgatory.
I desire to fulfill your will perfectly and to attain the place of glory that you have prepared for me in your kingdom. In a word, I desire to be holy, but I understand my impotence and I ask you, O my God, to be my holiness yourself.
Since you have loved me, even to the point of giving me your only Son as Savior and Spouse, the infinite treasures of his merits are mine; I offer them to you with joy, begging you to look at me only through the Face of Jesus and in his Heart burning with Love.
I also offer you all the merits of the saints (those in heaven and on earth), their acts of love and those of the Holy Angels; finally, I offer you, O Blessed Trinity, the love and merits of the Blessed Virgin, my beloved Mother; into her hands I place my offering, begging her to present it to you. Her divine Son, my Beloved Spouse, in the days of his mortal life, told us: "Whatever you ask the Father in my name will be granted to you". I am, therefore, sure that you will listen to my desires; I know, O my God, the more you want to give, the more you make me desire. I feel in my heart immense desires and I ask you with confidence to come and take possession of my soul. Ah, I can receive Holy Communion as often as I wish; but, Lord, are you not Almighty... Remain in me, as in the tabernacle, never depart from your little Host...
I would like to console you for the ingratitude of the wicked and I beg you to take away from me the freedom to offend you; if through weakness I should ever fall, may your divine gaze immediately purify my soul, consuming all my imperfections, like fire, which transforms all things into itself....
I thank you, my God, for all the favors you have granted me, especially for having put me through the crucible of suffering. I will contemplate you with joy on the last day, when you will carry the scepter of the cross. And since you have deigned to make me participate in this precious cross, I hope to resemble you in heaven and to see the sacred wounds of your Passion shine on my glorified body....
After my exile from earth, I hope to go to enjoy you in the Fatherland, but I do not want to accumulate merits for heaven: I only want to work for your love, with the sole purpose of pleasing you, of consoling your Sacred Heart and saving souls who love you eternally.
In the evening of this life, I will stand before you empty-handed, for I do not ask you, Lord, to take account of my works. All our righteousnesses are stained in your eyes. I want, therefore, to clothe myself with your own Righteousness, and to receive from your love the eternal possession of yourself. I want no other throne and no other crown than Yourself, O my Beloved!
In your eyes, time is nothing, a single day is like a thousand years; you can, therefore, prepare me in an instant, to present me before you....
To live in an act of perfect love, I OFFER MYSELF AS A VICTIM OF HOLOCAUST TO YOUR MERCIFUL LOVE, begging you to consume me unceasingly, letting overflow, in my soul, the waves of infinite tenderness that you have enclosed in you and that, in this way, I become a martyr of your love, O my God!
May this martyrdom, after preparing me to present myself to you, finally make me die and may my soul be thrown without delay into the eternal embrace of your merciful love....
I want, O my Beloved, at every beat of my heart, to renew this offering an infinite number of times, until the shadows have vanished and I can repeat my love for you in an eternal face to face....On the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, June 9, in the year of grace 1895, MARY, FRANCISCA, TERESA DEL NIÑO JESÚS Y DE LA SANTA FAZ, reí. carm. md.
On St. Thérèse of Lisieux, we recommend these books:
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