Monday, December 29, 2008

A prayer to Our Lady of the Smile for those with Depression

Gentle Mary, My Mother,
I place before you the worries,
hurts and hopes of my heart.
They shrink my soul and I feel heavy and hopeless.
Darkness closes in around me.
I reach out to you, bright Lady of Hope.
Smile on me.
Smile on my loved ones and the intentions I place before you.
Your tender smile works miracles and heals,
as you did with St. Thérèse, the Little Flower.
You are my true Mother.
You show the tender mercy of God.
Smile on me, Blessed Mother,
and all will be well.

On May 13, 1883, Our Lady of the Smile, healed St. Therese of the Child Jesus as a child when she was bedridden with a mysterious illness. Some people think her illness was an emotional-mental crisis. 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".


Anne Costa said...

I love this prayer! And I am glad to have found your site. I have just started a blog. It's
I also have a and am a member of the Guild of St.Benedict Joseph Labre. I am also working on a website...
Your blog is wonderful. We need to help each other and our faith is such a blessing when enduring depression, though we can't always experience that with our emotions.. It is still true! Bless you and your efforts. Keep in touch!

JoannaB said...

Hope you are keeping well. Kind regards Joanna

JoannaB said...

I hope you are keeping well and in faith and if you have a new blog, post the link here!