Shower of Roses

 – THE MANY MIRACLES OF SAINT THERESE THE LITTLE FLOWER
21 APR

“To love, to be loved had been St Therese of Lisieux’ great desire. These miracles are that desire’s fulfilment, the late Pope Pius XI pointed out: ‘We have proof that on entering Paradise she began at once this work among souls when we see the mystical shower of roses which God permitted and still permits her to let fall on earth, as she had ingenuously foretold’. And again: ‘We earnestly desire that all the faithful in Christ should prove themselves worthy of this abundant outpouring of grace, this mystical shower of roses which St Therese of the Child Jesus scatters without ceasing. No wonder that the Holy Father called her a ‘prodigy of miracles’.
ST THERESE HELPS THE SICK, THE AFFLICTED AND UNBELIEVERS
From every part of the world came reports of miracles of physical healing and, more important, miracles of supernatural grace. Men and women were not merely restored to bodily health but brought back to their faith and to the Church. Missions that had long been languishing sprang to life. Districts in the mission field where there had been no conversions for years were suddenly overwhelmed by people asking to be baptised and taught. Her help extended to every rank of society, but she seemed to have a special love for the sick and humble, the sick and the abandoned, and especially for little children.
ST THERESE LOVES TO HELP PRIESTS TO GET NEW ZEAL
OAbove all her help was lavished upon priests. On every side priests were strengthened in their labours, consoled in their loneliness, comforted in their sickness. All who committed their ministry to her care had the same story to tell of wonders happening which they could not account for on any other basis than that they were her answer to their prayers. Taking her as his model, many a priest who had lost heart and grown lukewarm found his early aspirations rekindled and his soul set on fire again with the Love of God. ‘Pray to her’, said Pope Benedict XV to a priest, ‘it is her vocation to teach priests how to love Jesus Christ.’
THOUSANDS OF THANK-YOU LETTERS OF THE FAITHFUL
As a result of this shower of roses came the immense flood of letters with which St Therese’s convent was inundated. The post soon became unmanageable. By the year 1911 it had reached the figure of a hundred letters a day, while in 1923, before her canonisation, the daily number had risen to five hundred. By the 1930s, if we include all the various departments at Lisieux, it surpassed a thousand a day.”

– V. Johnson
INVOKE ST THERESE’S HELP TODAY!

“St Therese,

the Little Flower; please pick me a rose from the Heavenly Garden

and send it to me with a message of Love.

Ask God to grant the favour I thee implore and tell Him

I will love Him each day more and more.

Amen.”

The above prayer plus 5 Our Fathers, 5 Hail Marys, 5 Glory be, must be said on 5 successive days, before 11 a.m. . On the 5th day, the 5th set of prayers having been completed, offer one more set: 5 Our Father, 5 Hail Mary, 5 Glory be.

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