How Can I Keep from Singing - Episode #10

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bailey_Lent_smallBack after several months away, Susan explains her absence from podcasting and shares her Lenten journey which she describes as a time of purification in the dessert.


She encourages your feedback and invites you to share your Lenten journey with the listeners by writing to her at [email protected] or calling the hotline number, 206-309-0027.

Novena to St. Therese

Open with hymn: Chosen Flower, Rose of Love (tune is Ode to Joy)
as heard on the podcast, performed by Susan, lyrics written by Sr. Debra-Therese Carroll

St. Therese the little flower
Chosen by the Lord above
Light the spark of love within us
Chosen flower, rose of love
As we make our prayers and petitions
Bring them to God’s holy throne
Let your perfume go before them
Making our requests your own.

Sweet apostle of God’s mercy
In whose love you came to share
You surrendered self completely
In your tasks and in your prayer
Lead us to that lowly valley
Where the humble find their God
Light our pathway, cheer our spirits
Walking where the Master trod.

Confidence, abandonment
Simplicity in us instill
That like you we may completely
Follow God’s most tender will
In the hours of great darkness
Light the lamp of faith we need
Trusting your eternal promise
That for us you’ll intercede

NOVENA PRAYER TO ST. THERESE
O Glorious St. Therese, whom Almighty God has raised up to aid and inspire the human family, I implore your Miraculous Intercession. You are so powerful in obtaining every need of body and spirit from the Heart of God. Holy Mother Church proclaims you “Prodigy of Miracles . the Greatest Saint of Modern Times.” Now I fervently beseech you to answer my petition: (mention petition here) and to carry out your promises of spending Heaven doing good upon earth . . . of letting fall from heaven a shower of Roses. Little Flower, give me your childlike faith, to see the Face of God in the people and experiences of my life, and to love God with full confidence. St. Therese, my Carmelite Sister, I will fulfill your plea “to be made known everywhere” and I will continue to lead others to Jesus through you. Amen.

Ending Hymn: Canticle of Love (tune: The Church’s One Foundation)

Therese the flame of love bright
Abided in your heart
You listened still like Mary
And chose the better part
You made yourself a dwelling
For Him who reigns above
O sing for us your story
Your canticle of love.

To live of love’s your story
A hidden life unknown
Just like the tender Master
Who had no earthly home
But love your sole desire
Transformed all time and space
In every place and moment
You found God’s loving grace.

Your melody of love sung
Will find a welcome here
Its descant’s high resounding
Will cast out all our fear
The God of love and mercy
With whom you took delight
Will be for us a shelter
By day and in our night. Amen.
from the Community of Teresian Carmelites, Worcester, MA




Copyright 2010 Susan Bailey

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Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to CatholicMom.com and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to Catholic.net and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements. Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks forward to corresponding with you! Join here.

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