The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

7 February 2005

St Theresa's prayer

Note: This has made the email rounds several times; I wanted to see how well it works as a blog post.

In case anyone is interested, Saint Theresa is known as the Saint of the Little Ways. Meaning she believed in doing the little things in life well and with great love. She is also the patron Saint of flower growers and florists. She is represented by roses. May everyone be blessed who receives this message.

Theresa's Prayer cannot be deleted. REMEMBER to make a wish before you read the poem. That's all you have to do. There is nothing attached. Just send this to seven people and let me know what happens on the fourth day. Do not break this, please. Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive.

There is no cost but a lot of reward. Suggestion: copy and paste rather than forward to protect email addresses and access to e-virus. (Did you make a wish?) If you don't make a wish, it won't come true. Last chance to make a wish!

St. Theresa's Prayer:

May today there be peace within. May you trust your highest power that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you....May you be content knowing you are a child of God.... Let this presence settle into our bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of you.

Now, send this to 7 people within the next 5 minutes and your wish will come true. And remember to send this back...you'll see why.

Can I get 84 visitors this hour? It could happen. It's not what I would wish for, though.

Posted at 7:20 PM to Immaterial Witness


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I never was into chain letters and I really dislike chain email so when I read Dustbury's post on Saint Theresa's Prayer I was sceptical. However, since he isn't asking me to send money to seven of his closest friends......[read more]

I've always wondered ... whose the patron saint for jackass drivers? ... you know, the ones that run up on you in the slow lane , tailgate the crap outta ya, and then whip around you and THEN take the next exit (usually all within 200 yards) ... something keeps these jokers alive ...

Posted by: Ron at 2:06 AM on 8 February 2005

Hmmm... I never had enough stamps for chain letters or patience for emails... But I'll try. At least you aren't asking me to send a dollar to a bunch of strangers.

Posted by: Punctilious at 11:26 AM on 8 February 2005

Is this the same as St. Teresa of Avila?
If so, I thought you might find this of interest (though I missed your hour-long window)

Posted in St. Paul's Chapel across from the WTC site during relief efforts was a handwritten sign:
"For those who have worked amidst the dust of angels:
God has no body on earth but yours
Yours are the only hands with which he can do his work
Yours are the only feet with which he can go about the world
Yours are the only eyes through which his compassion can shine forth upon a troubled world.
-St. Teresa of Avila"

Posted by: OKPartisan at 8:50 PM on 8 February 2005

I remember that. Thanks.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:04 PM on 8 February 2005

St. Therese the Little Flower, aka St. Therese of Lisieux, aka St. Therese of the Child Jesus is not the same person as St. Teresa of Avila. Teresa of Avila lived in the 1500's and did great things. She was a reformer of the Carmelite Order who re-introduced a more rigorous prayer and fasting in the communities she was associated with. St. Therese of Lisieux, also a Carmelite, lived in the late 1800's and did no great things. She revelled in doing very small things and to the very best of her ability and offering them to Jesus as her sacrifice. She wrote about her "Little Way" of holiness in her diary, which her convent published after shed died of tuberculosis before reaching the age of 20.

I don't think she would ever refer to God as "your higher power." The prayer is a nice thing, but it doesn't seem like it's actually from Therese.

Posted by: Dennis at 7:16 PM on 10 February 2005

That's the trouble with those email forwards: you can't trust 'em. :)

Thanks for the research, though.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:49 PM on 10 February 2005