OuR LADY OF THE SMILE
Mother Adela, SCTJM
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May 13, 1883, Our Lady of the Smile healed St. Therese of the Child
Jesus when she was bedridden. On that day, St. Therese turned her
head to a statue of the Virgin near her bed and prayed for a cure.
“Suddenly,” Therese writes, “Mary's face radiated kindness and
love.” Therese was healed. The statue has since been called “Our
Lady of the Smile.”
Therese, the heart that exclaimed a few months before her death, “In
the heart of my Mother, the Church, I will be love,” did not always
know she could love…did not always feel free to love… But Our Lady
smiled at her and she was deeply healed of all her spiritual,
psychological, emotional and corporal sufferings. She was
healed by a smile…a simple and powerful “smile” of Our Mother…
Mother’s Smile is a reflection of Her maternal and immaculate love.
She smiles to the depth of our hearts, to the depths of our
wounds…to our most hidden inner lackings and sufferings. She smiles
and we know Her love for us! She smiles and everything becomes so
peaceful, so calm in the ocean of our hearts… She smiles and love
flourishes in our whole being… She smiles and the voids of our lives
are suddenly filled… She smiles and the brokenness in our humanity
is restored, is elevated, is healed… She smiles and the path of
grace to our hearts opens up with a new freedom…
smiles and we know we are loved, deeply loved, by a mother’s love!
She smiles and our fears are driven away. She smiles and the doubts
are enlightened with Her kindness… She smiles and the lackings
and excesses in our lives are leveled to the perfect measurement of
love… She smiles and our hearts know that there is so much more…so
much more… There is tenderness, there is courage, there is freedom,
there is fruitfulness, there is communion, there is life, there is
love…and love makes us stronger, freer, younger and more joyful.
She smiles and we are healed…healed in the depth of our hearts!
She smile in our hearts... May She smile to us and for us!
Prayer to the Our Lady of the Smile
composed by Mother Adela, sctjm
Gentle Mother, smile
in our hearts and heal us! Your maternal smile
heals because it is a reflection of your motherly
and immaculate love. Smile with the tender force of
your maternal love and heal our hearts to know love,
to receive love, to experience the fullness of love,
to live in the path of love and to communicate
freely the love we receive.
Smile into the depth
of our hearts and bring healing to our wounds!
Smile into our hearts and heal the brokenness in
our humanity. Smile and make us whole, with perfect
communion of mind, heart, body and soul.
Smile, Mother, and
heal us with your love! Smile toward us and cast
out all our fears and anxieties. Smile, Mother, and
heal us from all that imprisons love in our hearts.
Smile to our minds and heal the memories that hurt
the vision of love. Smile to our hearts and heal the
experiences that have hardened us and have made us
run away from love. Smile to us with your maternal
love; and knowing that we are loved, heal us from
the fears and hurts that impede us from generously
and freely loving. Smile, O, Mother, and with the
radiance of your maternal countenance, heal our
bodies from the lack of transparency in
communicating the language of love. Smile,
Immaculate Mother, to our souls and heal us from all
that is wounded in our communion of love with the
Smile, Mother, smile
with your love in the deepest recesses of our hearts
and heal us; so that, thus restored and freed, we
may know the depth, the height, the width and the
length of God’s love; so that we may live in perfect
bonds of love with other hearts and so that we may
ardently witness to love in the Heart of the Church.
Mother… Smile at us, smile for us. One smile from
your Maternal Heart will heal our hearts.
Our Lady of the
Smile, pray for us.
St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.
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