August 24 St. Bartholomew

How can I describe what went on in my heart? In a moment I saw what life is really like, full of suffering and continual separations, and I burst into bitter tears. I did not know then the joy of sacrifice: I was weak, so weak that I look upon it as a great grace to have been able to bear a trial which seemed quite beyond me.

-St. Therese of Lisieux


Prayer to Grow in Grace through Sorrows 

Most holy Virgin and Mother, your soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the Passion of your Divine Son, and in His glorious Resurrection you are filled with never-ending joy at His triumph. Obtain for us who call upon you the grace to partake in the trials of the Church and the sorrows of the Pope so that we may be found worthy to grow in grace and rejoice with them in the consolations for which we pray, in the love and peace of the same Christ our Lord.