Shower of Roses – St. Therese Lisieux

St. Therese Lisieux, The Little Flower, saved my life one night about six months after my sister died in 1999.  That night not only brought me to my knees in tears and prayer but was the start of my relationship with beautiful St Therese and her Shower of Roses in my life.

My sister was terminally ill for long time.  I not only watched her health decline but I was also a caregiver.  You think you are prepared for death especially when your loved one has been sick for a long time.  Take my word for it, you are never prepared.  After two weeks in intensive care in early 1999, we asked the Doctors to not give her any additional medications and to let her go in peace.

The first few months after her death were a blur.  There were so many things to worry about and my Mother was teetering between despair and a nervous breakdown.  I spent my time off from work with my family and taking care of my Mom. I was trying to hold my Mom together without really realizing I hadn’t allowed myself to grieve.

Grief caught up to me one night at the end of that summer.  In retrospect, it had been building for a while but I was soldiering on and ignoring it.  I broken down in tears in a meeting in work the day before; my coworkers knew I had reached breaking point. I left work early that day and stayed home that weekend. I was completely broken and could not stop crying. I woke up around 1:00am in morning on Sunday with pressure in my chest and uncontrollable tears streaming down my face.  I was alone in my apartment and I knew I was in trouble. I was having desperate thoughts.  I knew I had to find a church that was opened 24 hours. I had lay my burdens on God’s shoulders. I needed the comfortable of my faith and of a church.

I lived in Ocean City at the time. None of the churches around me were opened 24 hours.  I pulled out the phone book and found Our Lady of Sorrows which was 20 minutes way and was opened 24 hours.  I got to OLS around 2:00am.  When I walked in, I found a St. Therese Lisieux statue and the Miraculous Prayer To The Little Flower card.  I spent the next four hours sitting in front of St. Therese and praying with the card in my hand.  By the time I left the church, I knew she was with me. I could feel the comfort of her presence. I could smell roses. I walked around looking for roses but couldn’t find any but I smelled roses.  That is St. Therese’ sign; you smell or receive a rose.

From that night forward I started to slowly allow myself grieve, I went into the work on Monday but talked to my boss and took a two week leave of absence because I knew I couldn’t work and heal.  I started participating in grief counseling groups and therapy. I started slowly healing. I stopped in church daily for years to light candles, leave roses at St. Therese’s feet or just to say a quick prayer.

Since that night 18 years ago, I’ve maintained a relationship with St. Therese. I pray to her every day. I am member of the Little Flower Society.  I use roses as my sign when I need confirmation from her. Over the years she has sent me hundreds of roses and answers thousands of prayers. She is my rose🌹 As you can imagine, roses are now very spiritual to me and carry great significance in my life.   🌹 If you ever want to make me happy, give me rose 🌹 Since that night I remind myself every day to little things with great love.

I know no other way than to be a lover. If I love you, you will know it. I don’t make grand gestures, I do small little things to show you I care. Instead of having my usual Christmas cards printed this year, I sent folks that are important to me each a Little Flower Christmas prayer card which enrolled each of them in five novena masses with the Carmelites starting Christmas day.   This was my way of spreading St. Therese’s message of “little ways” of great love.

Below is the Miraculous Prayer To The Little Flower that I have said for the last 18 years. I’ve carried this card in my purse for 18 years. I have it in my apartment. I keep one in my bible and in my car. It’s my go to prayer. It always works! Sometimes we don’t always get what we pray for but we always get support and comfort when we pray. Who doesn’t need a novena? 🙏😂 Please visit http://www.littleflower.org for more information about St. Therese Lisieux and the Carmelites.

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My Novena Rose Prayer

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My Novena Rose Prayer
O Little Therese of the Child
of Jesus, please pick for me a rose
from the heavenly gardens and
send it to me as a message of love.

O Little Flower of Jesus, ask
God today to grant the favors I
Now place with confidence in
your hands…

(Mention specific requests –  Today I ask for healing for a friend. My head is still reeling from the news that they have a rare cancer and need surgery. They have a strong body and mind. So, I feel there can be no other outcome but a full recovery and healing. Please give strength to them and their family and caregivers as they set out of fight this battle. I ask you give the surgeons skill and knowledge to give them excellent care. I ask you to give me wisdom so I know what to say, how to help and what to do for them in the coming weeks. Lastly, I ask that you recognize this person is just pure goodness. They are one of the good ones. Bless them with healing.)

St. Therese, help me to always
believe as you did, in God’s great
love for me, so that I might
imitate your “Little Way” each day.

Amen

Last night I was given some really bad news. I hardly slept and I woke up heavy hearted. I am still in shock. I am worried and extremely sad that a friend I love deeply is seriously ill. I called my Mother this morning as she always has a way of helping me gain perspective. But, neither one of us could come up with anything comforting regarding this news. So, we just told each other we loved each other and hung up. Sometimes that’s all you can really say or do. 

My friend is really quite special. I’ve learned a lot from her. And, she’s been an amazing friend to me in the last few years. So many of my friends couldn’t handle when I walked away from my life a couple years ago. I learned many of them were just drinking buddies. My “real” friend list is much smaller now since I changed my life. But, the friends I have are true and deep. She stuck by me and went on the whole ride with me. When I didn’t drink, she didn’t drink. If I didn’t want to go to a bar, she didn’t go to bar. She walked with me. She went to the beach with me. I even got her to try Yoga. And, mostly, she listened to me. Friends don’t get much better than that and I am extremely grateful to have her in my life. That is why I am so shaken up by this news.  I don’t want to see her suffer or go through the surgery or treatments. She doesn’t deserve it. If I could take her place, I would gladly.   

I am kind of standoffish with people at first. I usually keep to myself. I have to warm up to people before I am comfortable with them. But, once someone is in my heart and part of my life, my heart beats with theirs. Once I adjust to this news, I will focus only on sending her good healing thoughts and positive energy.

The only way I know how to deal with things like this is to pray. I am posting this prayer on my blog because I believe in praying boldly. If anyone reading this could also offer a prayer for my friend, I would deeply appreciate it.

Prayer Retrieved from www.littleflower.org

I Will Let Fall A Shower Of Roses


St. Therese and the Shower of Roses

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What did she (St. Therese)  mean by her “Shower of Roses”?

Experience has shown that St. Therese’s “shower of roses” is both figurative and actual. As she was dying in the convent infirmary, Therese could look out and see the rose bushes blossoming. She loved roses. She had thrown rose petals as a Child before the Blessed Sacrament. As she reflected on her quiet, hidden, and gentle life ending, she believed in faith that God had great things in store for her. She believed that her mission was only beginning as she entered the fullness of life with God. She explained: “After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses. I will spend my heaven doing good upon earth. I will raise up a mighty host of little saints. My mission is to make God loved…”

Shortly after her death, the rain of roses began. Sometimes roses literally appeared, and sometimes just the fragrance of them. Cures of painful and fatal diseases and many other miraculous experiences were attributed to her intercession. Sometimes people found inner peace and regained an inner warmth of spirit and confidence, by appealing to St. Therese. Many miracles and actions of St. Therese do not involve roses. More often than not, marvelous things happen in people’s lives as they ask for her heavenly intercession. The miracles, healings and inner peace come from the trust one places in God, not from any manifestation of roses. St. Therese lived in the dark night of the senses and spirit, with little consolation. Thus, the friends and followers of St. Therese expect no consolation of sighted roses that their prayers are being answered. Her “little way” is about child-like trust and gentle love. She is the great apostle of faith in God’s love, not simple reliance on physical signs. Jesus warned us, and Therese experienced that the desire for signs is a sign of weak faith. It is always important to remember that St. Therese did not experience extra-ordinary phenomena in her life. Her faith was refined and strengthened by God.

Roses are Therese’s signature. It is her way of whispering to those who need a sign that she has heard, and God is responding. Thousands of people have given witness to the way Therese responds to their petitions and prayers with grace and roses. The grace is more important than the roses. So many miracles have happened through the intercession of St. Therese without any roses appearing – usually the deep inner peace of accepting God’s will and seeing His loving plan and presence is the “rose” experienced. Sometimes the lack of a physical “rose signature” is an affirmation of a strong faith.

One does not pray for roses. Therese’s message is about simplicity and love in the ordinary events of life. Trust in Therese is important, and when she wills, roses or their fragrance may appear. The stories are remarkable how roses have shown up in the lives and experiences of people, especially in the darkest times. The ordinary and constant way these roses and graces have shown up in people’s experience is extraordinary. It is important to always maintain the rose of confidence that our All-Loving God hears and responds to our needs, according to the mysterious ways of His Love.

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