First day of Novena: For the confidence in God….

O Saint Teresa, in the light of the Spirit and listening to the Word,

you understood your own littleness and the greatness of God.

In your life, with pure faith you searched God alone and His Will.

You trusted completely in his goodness, and with active love you served him in your brothers and sisters.

Through your example and with your help, may the Lord grant that we may firmly believe,

confidently hope, and generously love; so that charity may increase in us and around us.

And since the will of God was your great love, help us also to seek it with wisdom and to abandon ourselves to it with free mind and simple heart. Amen.