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Joy in
SUFFERING


by Father Noser, s.v.d.

MISSION PRESS-TECHNY, ILL.

PRICE TEN CENTS

 

 

My Joy and My Peace
(By St. Therese)


My joy I find in pain and loss,
I love the thorns that guard the rose,
With joy I kiss each heavy cross,
And smile with every tear that flows.

When clouds the sunny skies o'ercast,
And weary grows my heart the while,
My joy it is that joy is past,
And gone my Lord's consoling smile.

My peace is hid in Jesus' breast:
May His sweet will alone be done!
What fear can mar my perfect rest,
Who love the shadow as the sun?

Whene'er He stealeth from my side,
With many a fond and sweet caress,
I then to Him my love confide
With double warmth and tenderness.

'Tis all for Thee, dear Jesus mine,
Yea, suffering is my gladsome choice;
My joy on earth—my bliss divine—
Ah, 'tis to make Thy Heart rejoice!

Since love's divine, celestial breath
Is all I need my heart to bless,
What matters life, what matters death?
Love is my peace, my happiness!

 

 

JOY
in Suffering


By Father Noser, S.V.D.



"To suffer and to love is purest of all joys."
"My God, what joy can be greater than to suffer for Thy love?"
"Suffering itself becomes the greatest of all joys when we seek it as a precious treasure."

St. Therese


Fourth Edition



MISSION PRESS
TECHNY, ILL.

 

 

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St. Therese, Joyous Victim of Love and Suffering, at the final moment of her heroic immolation

"Yes, all that I have written about my thirst for suffering is really true. I do not regret having surrendered myself to Love. … Oh! … I love Him! … My God, I … love Thee!"—St. Therese

 

 

CONTENTS

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(1) Views on God and Suffering
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(2) Esteem for Suffering
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(3) Thirst for Suffering
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(1) Little Crosses
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(2) Hidden Crosses
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(3) Vocational Crosses
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(1) Martyrdom of the Body
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(2) Martyrdom of the Heart
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(3) Martyrdom of the Soul
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(1) Not Insensible
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(2) Genuine Joy
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(3) Refined Joy
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(1) Constant Prayer
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(2) A "Little Child" of Mary
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(3) The "Book" of Jesus Crucified
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(1) The Gift of Fortitude
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(2) Confidence in God
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(3) Absolute Abandonment
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(1) God in Her Heart
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(2) The Gentle Hand of Jesus
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(3) Living in the Present
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(1) Love of God
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(2) Love of Self
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(3) Love of Souls
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(1) For Herself
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(2) For Souls
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(3) For God
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Abandonment
(By St. Therese)

Abandoned and alone,
I seek Thine arms, O Love.
Thou shalt Thy life bestow
With Bread from realms above.

Surrendering all to Thee,
In strength of love divine,
My heart shall know no wish,
Save that Thine eyse seek mine.

Then, sleeping on Thy Heart,
I smile forevermore,
And tender words of love
I whisper o'er and o'er.

All creatures may depart,
And leave me lonely here;
I live without desire,
If, Jesus, Thou art near.

And if Thou leave me too,
O my one Pearl Divine,
Without e'en one caress,
Then shall Thy joy be mine!

In peace my heart shall wait
Thy coming from above,
And I shall charm Thy Heart
With sweet refrains of love.

 

NIHIL OBSTAT
P. L. Biermann
Librorum Censor

IMPRIMATUR
George Cardinal Mundelein, D.D.
Archiepiscopus Chicagiensis

 

 


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