Sunday, May 04, 2008

Our Lady of the Smile

Among the other books I'm currently reading is one entitled The Story of a Family: The Home of St. Therese of Lisieux(The Little Flower) by Fr. Stephane-Joseph Piat, OFM. I read these types of books painfully slowly, a few pages at a time, savoring a few moments of quiet contemplation each day. Therese is, of course, a family favorite. My love for her was born years ago in my childhood home, where a relic of St. Therese held favored status among my parents' treasures. As I grew old enough to read and understand her Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux, Third Edition, my devotion to St. Therese blossomed and grew. Somehow, though, I don't recall ever having heard about a statue now called Our Lady of the Smile that belonged to Therese's father, Louis Martin, and that presided over her miraculous cure. When I ran across a reference to Our Lady of the Smile in the Piat book today, I took a few moments to google the statue and came up with the following prayer. I thought you might enjoy it as well!

PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF THE SMILE

Gentle Mary, My Mother,
I place before you the worries,
hurts and hopes of my heart.
They shrink my soul and I feel heavy and hopeless.
Darkness closes in around me.
I reach out to you, bright Lady of Hope.
Smile on me.
Smile on my loved ones and the intentions I place before you.

(Mention your intentions here...)

Your tender smile works miracles and heals,
as you did with St. Therese, the Little Flower.
You are my true Mother.
You show the tender mercy of God.
Smile on me, Blessed Mother,
and all will be well.

Source: Catholic Doors Ministry

4 comments:

Pat Gohn said...

Lisa,
With all my course work on Mariology, I've never come across this sweet little prayer! Thanks for sharing it! May our "Mom" smile on us today!

;)
Pat

AC Momma said...

Thank you for this beautiful prayer. I have been looking for just the right prayer to Mary to ask for her guidance of a loved one that needs prayer. After searching in books and online I was thrilled when I read it on your blog. Thank you very much!!
Coffee sounds good. Maybe one day after school is out.
~Melissa

Meredith said...

Oh, this one is SO beautiful, thank you for sharing it Lisa. I'm going to make it into a spiritual bouquet for my dd as she has a huge ballet perfomance this weekend, it will be very special!!

Lisa M. Hendey said...

I'm so glad you guys enjoyed it as much as I did! If you have any other special prayers to share let me know, and I'll be on the lookout too!