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St. Thérèse of Lisieux and Roses

Have you ever prayed to St. Thérèse and received roses?  I did once.

I never asked for a sign of roses before, but one time after finishing a novena, I told St. Thérèse it would mean a lot to me to receive them as a sign that my prayer request would be granted.

I was sitting at the dining room table with my husband and I told him I had prayed a novena to St. Thérèse and asked for a sign.  “What do you mean a sign?” he asked.

At that very moment, our young daughter Teresa, (named after the saint) who was around five years old, interrupted to show me a picture of a girl she had drawn.  She explained everything in her drawing. “Here are her shoes and look, there are roses on them.”

I was amazed.  The word “roses” had not been mentioned at all by me. To my knowledge Teresa had never drawn a picture of roses before.  And just as I had told my husband I had asked for a sign, there it was.

“I just got my sign,” I told him.

“What are you talking about?” he asked, totally confused by then.  So, I explained.  Teresa smiled happily as she realized how important the roses she put in her drawing had become.

Who Is St. Therese?

At the age of 14, on Christmas Eve in 1886, Thérèse had a conversion that changed her life. At 15, she became a Carmelite contemplative nun at a convent in Lisieux, France. She took the religious name Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face.

After a long sickness with tuberculosis, she died on September 30, 1897, at the age of 24. Her last words were: “My God…I love You!” Her feast day is October 1. She was canonized by Pope Pius XI on May 17, 1925.

Therese became known around the world through her autobiography, Story of a Soul. People learned of her “little way” in which she lived each day with complete confidence in God’s love. She explained that what matters most “is not great deeds, but great love.”

She became known as the “Little Flower” because she loved flowers and saw herself as the “little flower of Jesus,” among all the other flowers in God’s garden.

“My mission – to make God loved – will begin after my death,” she wrote. “I will spend my heaven doing good on earth. I will let fall a shower of roses.” People often report receiving roses after praying to Saint Therese, especially after praying a novena to her.

Miraculous Rose Petals

Last year, my sister Colleen and her friend Debbie and I visited Canton, Ohio, home to Mother Angelica and Rhoda Wise, whose cause for canonization has been opened. We visited the Rhoda Wise Shrine as part of the Mother Angelica Tourand saw one of the miraculous rose petals from St. Thérèse.

In 1939, Rhoda was miraculously healed from an abdomen opening that could not be closed after multiple surgeries, and she was later healed from a severe foot injury.  She had a special devotion to St. Thérèse and prayed to her often. Mother Angelica was actually healed of a debilitating stomach problem as a teenager after visiting Rhoda and praying a novena to St. Therese as Rhoda had instructed.

Both Jesus and St. Thérèse had appeared to Rhoda several times.  On January 8, 1940, about 1:30 a.m., the Little Flower appeared for the second time to Rhoda and dropped seven fresh rose petals on her and told her to have them photographed. When she did there were images of Our Lord and the Little Flower in the rose petals.

The picture of the rose petal I took with my cell phone, while Colleen used the flashlight of her cell phone on the other side.  St. Theresa can be seen, holding a crucifix in front of her, and Jesus is looking upon her right in front of her.  When the petal is turned over, the identical image is there with St. Thérèse facing out, looking in the other direction.

Naysayers might come up with an explanation, but there is no explanation for the life of Rhoda Wise and the many miracles surrounding her that so many people witnessed including having the stigmata, and the many conversions and healings reported both during and after her life.

And when it comes to receiving roses from St. Thérèse after praying for her intercession, I am cautious and never expect such things, but am open to whatever God chooses to allow.


Patti Maguire Armstrong and her husband have ten children. She is an award-winning author and was managing editor and co-author of Ascension Press’s Amazing Grace Series. Her newest books are: Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families, a collection of stories to inspire family love, and Dear God, I Don't Get It and the sequel, Dear God, You Can't Be Serious, children's fiction that feeds the soul through a fun and exciting story. FacebookFamily website. Her blogTwitter. Read more: http://rcspiritualdirection.com/blog/author/patti-maguire-armstrong#ixzz2x8GW9PlN