I’ve been praying the novena to St. Therese, from EWTN’s website
(ewtn.com/therese/novena_printer.htm)… when I got to day 3, I came across a pray that troubled me:
“I do not wish creatures to have one atom of my love. I wish to give all to Jesus, since He has shown me that He alone is perfect happiness.”
I think (I hope) that this is simply asking God to help us not have inordinate attachments to creatures… to not make them idols, and give them the love that God deserves. But, it seems to be worded too strongly to just mean that… it seems to be saying that we should not want to give any love to others, and we should want to give it to God. That to me sounds unbiblical and unChristian. Yes, we were made to love God and be united with Him forever in heaven, but we were also made for union with others, and to be with them forever in heaven as well.
So, my question is- is this prayer appropriate to pray, since it seems to be inconsistent with Church teaching? And more generally, I’ve heard that after praying this novena, you should look for a flower as a sign that your prayer was heard. This to me sounds superstitious… or presumptuous… as if God were a vending machine that will dispense certain things if you say that right words… Anyway, any thoughts on the novena would be appreciated! Thanks.