Saint Therese Rose
"After my death I will let fall a shower of roses. I will
spend my Heaven doing good on earth."
St. Therese's "shower of roses" is both figurative
and actual. She loved roses. She had thrown rose petals as a Child
before the Blessed Sacrament. As she lay dying in the convent
infirmary, St.Therese would look out and see the blossoming rose
bushes. She reflected on her quiet, hidden, gentle life ending
and believed in faith God had great things in store for her. She
believed that her mission was just beginning. She summed it into
this explanation, "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
Legend says that 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 instances were attributed to St. Therese's
intercession. Sometimes people found inner peace, warmth of spirit
or confidence in appealing to St. Therese roses. Many miracles
and actions of St. Therese do not involve roses. More often, 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 a manifestation of roses.
Saint Therese's "little way" is about childlike
trust and gentle love. St. Therese did not experience extra-ordinary
phenomena in her life 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 her faith
was refined and strengthened by God.
Roses are Therese's signature; her way of contacting those
who need a sign that she has heard, and God is responding.
The grace is more important than the roses. Therese's message
is about simplicity and love in the ordinary events of life..
Sometimes, just a personal talk with St. Therese of the roses,
in one's own words and from one's heart, is just as powerful.
She took Jesus words seriously, "When you pray, go into your
inner room, close the door and pray to the Father in secret"
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