the Carmel

Prayer of the Child of a Saint - PN 08

1.Remember that once on earth
Your only happiness was to cherish us
Of your children hear the prayer
Protect us, deign to bless us again
You find up there our dear Mother
Who preceded you in the Holy Fatherland.
Now in Heaven
You both reign
Watch over us!.....

2.Remember your beloved Mary
Your eldest daughter, the dearest to your heart
Remember she fills your life
By his love, charm and happiness...
For God you renounced his sweet presence
And you bless the hand that offered you suffering...
Oh ! of your diamond
Always more sparkling
Reminds you !.....

3.Remember the beautiful fine pearl
That you knew weak and timid lamb
See her filled with divine strength
And Carmel leading the flock.
Of your other children she became a mother
O Daddy! come and guide the one who is so dear to you!...
And without leaving the sky
Of your little Carmel
Reminds you !...

4.Remember the ardent prayer
That you formed for your third child
God heard you, for she is on earth
Like its sisters, a beautiful, very shiny Lily
The Visitation hides her from the eyes of the world
But she loves Jesus, it is his peace that floods her.
Of his ardent desires
And all her sighs
Reminds you !...

5.Remember your dear Céline
Who was for you like an angel from Heaven
When a gaze from the Divine Face
Come and try you with a glorious choice....
You reign in Heaven.....his task is accomplished
Now to Jesus she gives her life.....
protect your child
who often repeats
Reminds you !...

6.Remember your little queen
The Beresina orphan
Remember that his uncertain walk
It was always your hand that guided her
O Daddy! remember that in the days of his childhood
You wanted for God alone to keep his innocence!...
And her blond hair
that delighted your eyes
Reminds you !...

7.Remember that in the belvedere
You always sat him on your lap
And then murmuring a prayer
You rocked her with your chorus so sweet
She saw from Heaven a reflection on your face
When your deep gaze plunged into space
And of eternity
You sang of beauty
Reminds you !...

8.Remember the bright Sunday
Where pressing it to your paternal heart
You gave her a white flower
Allowing him to fly to Carmel
O Dad! remember that in his great trials
Of the most sincere love you gave him the proofs
In Rome and Bayeux
You showed him the heavens
Reminds you !...

9.Remember that the hand of the Holy Father
In the Vatican on your forehead arose
But you couldn't understand the mystery
Of the divine seal which was imprinted on you...
Now your children are praying to you
They bless your Cross and your bitter pain!...
On your glorious brow
Shine in the Heavens
Nine lilies in bloom! ! ! ...

The Orphan of Beresina

August 1894

Dating: August 1894
Recipient: Therese herself
Thérèse works here to mourn her father, who died on the previous July 29.

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