CHAPTER LIX: TWO HEARTS OF WIT & WISDOM
TWENTY-FOUR "GLORY BE TO THE FATHER'S" NOVENA to St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, asking for necessary favors.
Origin of the NOVENA:
Father Putigan, a Jesuit, began the Novena to St. Therese of the Child Jesus on December 3, 1925, asking the glorious Saint for one great favor. For 9 days he recited the "Glory be to the Father" twenty-four times, thanking the Holy Trinity for the favors and Graces showered on St. Therese during the 24 years of her life on earth.
The priest asked St. Therese, that as a sign that his Novena was heard, he would receive from someone a freshly plucked rose. On the third day of the Novena, an unknown person sought out Father Putigan and presented him with a beautiful rose.
Father Putigan began the second Novena on Dec. 24th of the same year, and as a sign, asked for a white rose. On the fourth day of this Novena one of the Sister-nurses brought him a white rose saying:
"St. Therese sent you this."
amazed the priest asked:
"Where did you get this?"
"I was in the chapel," said the Sister, "and as I was leaving I passed the altar above which hangs the beautiful picture of St. Therese. This rose fell at my feet. I wanted to put it back into the bouquet, but a thought came to me that I should bring it to you."
Father Putigan received the favors he had petitioned of the Little Flower of Jesus, and promised to spread the Novena to increase devotion to, and bring her more honor.
In this fashion, from the ninth to the seventeenth of each month, those who want to participate in the 24--"Glory be to the Father's" Novena, should add to those of their own, the intentions of all who are at that time making the Novena, thus forming one great prayer in common.
The Twenty-Four "Glory be to the Father's" Novena can be said at any time. However, the ninth to the seventeenth of the month is particularly recommended, for on those days the petitioner joins in prayer with all those making the Novena.
Between the Glory Be's, say:
"St. Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us."
St. Therese, the Little Flower,
Please pick me a Rose from the Heavenly Garden
And send it to me with a Message of love.
Ask God to grant me the favor I thee implore
And tell Him I will love Him
Each day more and more!"
TRY IT--IT WORKS