Saint Teresa Of The Roses
Saint Teresa of the Roses: Who was she?
Therese Martin was born to Louis Martin and Zelie Guerin on January 2, 1873. At the age of 14, on Christmas Eve in 1886, Therese had a conversion that transformed her life. From then on, her powerful energy and sensitive spirit were turned toward love, instead of keeping herself happy.
She was a very lively, lovable little girl. She felt sure that Jesus wanted her to spend her life loving him. She kept praying and asking the superior to admit her as a Carmelite Sister. Finally, she was allowed to enter. Although she was only fifteen, she did not expect to be treated like a child. She live by obedience, prayer and sacrifice. She was very eager to suffer for the love of God. Whenever she was in pain, she would hide her hurts with a smile. She told Jesus to do with her whatever was his will. She considered her great confidence in god her "little way" to holiness.
At the age of 15, she entered the Carmelite Convent at Lisieux, France. With the religious name of Ste. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, she lived a hidden life of prayer. Her whole intention was to give her life to God.
She was a very gifted girl who had great intimacy with God. Through sickness and darkness, she remained faithful, rooted in God's powerful love. She died on September 30, 1897 at the age of 24 after a long struggle with tuberculosis. Her last words were "My God, I love You!"
She wrote her autobiography, "The Story of A Soul." She described her life as "a little way of spiritual childhood." She lived each day with unshakable confidence in God's love. She lived by the rule that what matters in life is "not great deeds, but great love."
Ste. Therese was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II.
Her mission was to make God loved. She said this mission will begin after her death. She said that she would spend her heaven doing good on earth. She loved flowers and saw herself as the "little flower of Jesus," who gave glory to God by just being her beautiful little self among all the other flowers in God's garden. This is how she got the title "Little Flower".
Here is the prayer to Ste. Therese:
O' Glorious Ste. Therese, whom Almighty God has raised up to aid and inspire the human family, I implore your miraculous intercession. You are so powerful in obtaining every need to body and spirit from the Heart of God. Holy Mother Church proclaims you "prodigy of Miracles, The Greatest Saint of Modern Times." Now I fervently beseech you to answer my petition (mention here) and to carry out your promises of spending Heaven doing good upon earth... of letting fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses. Little Flower, give me your childlike faith, to see the Face of God in the people and experiences of my life, and to love God with full confidence. Ste. Therese, my Carmelite Sister, I will fulfill your plea "to be made known everywhere" and I will continue to lead others to Jesus through you. Amen.
"I will let fall from Heaven...A Shower of Roses"
Many of us believe that after we pray to Ste. Therese, if we hear the word rose, smell roses, or see roses, then she heard our prayer and is working her miracles in heaven that we have prayed for.
"Oh Little Therese of the Child Jesus, please pick for me a rose from the heavenly gardens and send it to me as a message of love."
Since her entry into Heaven, the showers of roses continue to fall, countless graces and many spiritual favors have been granted to all who pray to her with devotion, and place their confidence in her powerful intercession.