On the fourth day of the Novena to Saint Teresa of Avila, we ask Christ for the desire and the resolve to love Him as Saint Teresa did.
In the first verse of the prayer, the phrase "Thy most generous spouse" refers to the Church, the Bride of Christ.
Prayer for the Fourth Day of the Novena to Saint Teresa of Avila
O most sweet Lord Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the gift of great desire and resolution which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa, that she might love Thee perfectly; we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy most generous spouse, to give us a true desire, and a true resolution of pleasing Thee the utmost of our power.
V. St. Teresa, pray for us.
R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Jesus Christ.
Let us pray.
Graciously hear us, O God of our salvation! that as we rejoice in the commemoration of the blessed virgin Teresa, so we may be nourished by her heavenly doctrine, and draw from thence the fervor of a tender devotion; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.