One of the Saints that I think about often is Saint Therese of Lisieux. She has a special place in my heart for many reasons. A few of these reasons I will describe below.
Three years ago in February, I began an adventure. I started reading a book, got a spiritual director, and began discerning if I should go to seminary or not. This book gave me lots of things to think about and consider but one thing that particularly sticks out from the book is St. Therese. The “Little Flower” as she is known, was described as being a Saint that has made it her mission to constantly pray for priests. Many priests, and seminarians, have asked St. Therese to send them a rose to signify she was praying for them. I remember thinking how cool it would be to get a rose from St. Therese. I thought about it and forgot about it because things like that just don’t happen all the time. The next week as I walked in the office of my spiritual director and set down, I noticed a small box on his desk. There, on the top of that box was carved a rose. I saw it and later said a little prayer of thanks to God for St. Therese. It was only a few months later that I left for seminary and I have kept this story of the rose close to my heart ever since.
Last week the feast day of St. Therese fell on Thursday, October 1st. It is a favorite here at the seminary and is celebrated with much cheer by staff and seminarians alike. That day I went to the chapel to pray. In my prayer time, I constantly pray for the many people in my life. However, I always pray for my family and my friend Chris. On this day I specifically remember offering special prayers for Reid, Leigh Anne, and Chris. I also remember thinking about St. Therese, asking her to pray for me and thinking how cool it would be to get another rose. I was once again surprised to hear about a rose that St. Therese had sent, not to me, but to my sister. My heart was filled with joy when I heard, and later read, the story of how my sister got a rose. St. Therese had sent me a rose, just not in the way I expected. I said a prayer of thanks to God for St. Therese.
I smile when I think about these stories and wonder who will be next to get a rose from St. Therese “The Little Flower.”