See that you do not despise one of these little ones…


St Therese the Little Flower.jpgGod of tenderness and mercy,

Choosing weak, confounding strong,

Telling all of heaven’s secrets

To the child that for you longs;

We give thanks for boundless kindness

Shown to this, your little one,

Who, in midst of earthly darkness,

Sought the radiance of your Son.


For Thrérèse, your little flower,

We lift up our song today–

In her life and in her teachings

We are led the “little way,”

From self-seeking to self-knowledge,

That we all might serve in love.

Give us strength to thus surrender;

Shower graces from above.


From her hidden life in Carmel,

You have raised her as a light

In your Church for all your people,

Drawing us from sinful blight

Into fellowship with Jesus,

Image of the Father’s face:

Grant us mission spirit fervent,

Preaching you to ev’ry race.


Teach us by her great example

How to treasure sacrifice;

Show us that small acts of loving

Are true gifts, beyond all price.

As she did, so let us utter,

“Jesus, help me love you more!”

In our lack of might and power,

Let us praise you and adore.


God of mercy, love, and blessing,

Father, Son, and Spirit great,

To your name we give the glory

As your coming we await.

Working here to spread your Kingdom,

Lead us in your little way

Till Thèrése and all your faithful

Sing your name in endless day!


J. Michael Thompson copyright 2010