Shower of Roses
The Little Flower has gotten me through my life's worst crises.
12/15/2010 08:56:33 PM
I was so saddened by your story. It shows that even in the midst of wonderful events and happenings, one can be injured emotionally. If I could find you right now I would give you a painting reproduction of my painting St. Therese of Lisieux in the Garden. I get messages all the time that this image brings miracles to people's homes and churches. Before the painting, I will pray for you and hope you recover completely. God bless you, keep you safe and give you the strength you need to make this wonderful life a happy and peace filled place for you.
11/02/2009 03:06:01 AM
i am very thankful to read about this article "shower of roses". for many years now i have prayed for st. therese's intercessions. i am thankful to her and to st. jude for their prayers on my behalf. i continually pray and thank them for making me hope that my hearts desires will be granted. all i want is for my family to be safe and healthy, and that one day we can all be together as a family. i wish all who read this comment will also pray for me. can u all pray that i can realize this dream this year so that i can be with my family on my daughter's wedding on december 14. please st. therese, pray for me. thank u.
11/01/2009 10:35:11 AM
Thank you for your story...It reminds me to just hold on and have faith. I too have been visited in simular way by St. Therese. I was desperate and not sure what to do when I was being battered , no job and two small kids. to mak a long and not pleasant story short and to the point. I prayed the same prayer to St. Therese for guidance that the decisions I just made were the right ones for our future.....and Over night 4 yellow rosed bloomed on a bush that NEVER bloomed in the 5 years I had been nurturning it. It is may years now and I look back and see where God has as supported and guided me through. St. Therese is my messenger from God.
02/19/2009 02:52:49 PM
Thank you for today's inspiration. Right now I am jobless, hopeless, faithless, and am clinically depressed. I am being treated for the depression. That 1 hour a week with my doctor is the one hour a week that I feel I can survive this, beat all of these challenges. My mom was named after this Saint too, so needless to say I cried when I read your story. It also helped me remember that asking for intercession through the cannonized Saints there is lots of help and a sensation that their spirits are with me and protecting me and working for me. I needed this reminder today, so I just want to say thank you.
04/22/2008 03:25:52 PM
I believe that it is fine to ask saints to intercede for us. I also believe we can just as easily speak to Jesus or God directly. I've asked saints to intercede for me, St. Jude, and my prayers have always been answered within the period of the novena. I've also said simple prayers to God, and they've been answered, one way or another I feel simply that to pray is good. You can do it alone, or ask someone else to join you.
04/12/2007 06:21:49 PM
This 5-day novena does work. I prayed it for 5 days and asked to see, feel, smell a red rose. For sme strange reason our DVD broke and I had to go out last evening -5th day] and purchase a new one. I walked into WalMart and there was an entire case of fresh red roses -- the smell was beautiful! I know need the strength to beleive that the little flower will answer my prayer and request bu hearing from someone that I need to talk with and bring closure to the friendship.
10/09/2006 07:35:23 PM
"If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar." This verse comes to mind when one encounters people who are quick to put others down in the name of God. Therese Borchard's account of her post partum depression is personal and scathing. She has shared a real gift with us. Those who rush to condemn her because they feel she didn't pray in the right way show themselves unaware of the love that characterizes a Christian life.
10/09/2006 07:25:27 AM
I have found a prayer book and saw the novena of St. Therese. I started praying the novena and said it like it was my own prayer. One day, one of my students approached me and handed me a bouquet of roses, then I remembered it was the seventh day of my novena. I was teary-eyed when I received the flowers. Out of curiosity I asked my student why she gave me the flowers, she said she saw the roses blooming in their yard and thought of bringing some for me.
10/09/2006 06:53:06 AM
"I've had messages from license plates..." Me too - in particuler, watch out for Willlamson County drivers. A cellphone, a caffe' latte and rush-hour traffic are it takes for some folks to become a real hazard.
10/08/2006 11:58:47 PM
Here's what the catechism says about asking for the saints intercession: 956 The intercession of the saints. "Being more closely united to Christ, those who dwell in heaven fix the whole Church more firmly in holiness. . . . [T]hey do not cease to intercede with the Father for us, as they proffer the merits which they acquired on earth through the one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus. . . . So by their fraternal concern is our weakness greatly helped."
10/08/2006 03:21:46 PM
On the topic of praying to saints: I think there's a misunderstanding that hinges on the use of the word, "praying." Catholics who are devoted to saints and talk to them are not confusing them with God. It's more like having a friend you treasure who joins with you in prayer to God for whatever need you might have. Doesn't your heart ever reach out to family members or friends who have passed into Eternity? Don't you ever feel close to them, as though they are standing right next to you, loving you, hoping for your good? That's what it is like to have a friend among the saints.
10/06/2006 03:53:25 PM
iris, i will also pray for you! i, too, have been though depression, and i know the kind of pain you must be going thru! Peace and Blessings be with you! -Neon
10/06/2006 03:53:10 PM
The One Presence works with whatever way we are open to receive. I've had messages from license plates, church signs and songs on the radio, even a repeated word on a Scrabble game (BE LOVE, two turns in a row). So why not saints? Why not the special significance of roses, when someone needs them most? Iris, I am so glad you got your confirmation! May you be blessed by it! Peace, Love and Clarity.
10/06/2006 01:51:00 PM
I've been battling depression for just under a year now, and I've been having a hard time of it this week. After a particularly scary bout of hopelessness last night, which ended with my lover begging me not to give up, I awoke convinced that I needed to read some spiritual books. Searching the library catalogue, I felt very drawn to a particular book about St. Thérèse de Lisieux, partly instinctively and partly because its author had the (uncommon) name we’ve chosen for our son. After spending my lunch hour reading it, I went to Beliefnet and found this article being featured on the first page. And the very first comment in this column echoed exactly what I was told last night. Do you believe in coincidence? I usually don't pray to saints, but I agree with what Big_Guy said about how all people "are connected to one another", and I think it's valid. And after the kind of day I've had, who knows? Maybe I should start.
10/06/2006 11:08:03 AM
It's very simple, I believe. You either believe that the saints have an important and very helpful role in "boosting" a person's prayer to Jesus or God, or you simply don't believe that's so. Praying to a saint IS praying to Jesus or God as Big Guy so aptly pointed out. Those with God in Heaven are also "of God" just as are we here on Earth. Too often we disregard this very important connection and relationship.
10/06/2006 10:08:57 AM
Then why did Paul ask his followers to pray for him (Rom 15:30, Col 4:3;1, 1 Thess 5:25, Eph 6:18; 2 Thess 3:1)? We are connected to one another. It is a holy and good thing to ask those in Heaven with God to pray for us.
10/06/2006 03:55:14 AM
Dear esteemed and noble followers of the holy, beauteous Son(Jesus), Let us ask Jesus whether it is necessary to ask Saints to intercede for us, or whether God will answer our prayers when we pray sincerely for that which is of benefit to us in His eyes, after all, the lips of Jesus were truth speaking, wise... Q: O exalted and sanctified Jesus, to whom should we pray? A: 7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (King James Bible, Matthew)
10/05/2006 10:50:47 PM
i also do not pray to saints. but i think they are worth remembering. but what of praying to (pray meaning to ask or talk to )angels? the bible tells us that children have guardian angels who speak to GOD on that childs behalf. do adults have these as well? should we ask them to speak to GOD for us? i have always prayed to the Father, ask the Messiah instructed us to "Our Father, who art in heaven..." if that is how He tells me to pray, then i can think of no better way!
10/05/2006 08:04:54 PM
Cal - These word you have written are truly a blessing on this forum. I especially like the use of the name Yahshua, for that is truly his name. Praying to the saints seems to be to be an unbiblical concept, for we are instructed by the Holy Father Yahweh to pray through only one mediator, and his name is Yahshua the Christ. I do though have an special liking to the writings of John. Revelations is a book we could all benefit from, for it speaks of a time we as Christians all eagerly await. The strength of John the Baptist is truly inspiring as is the word of the prophets of the old testement.
10/04/2006 05:36:50 AM
She is an example to me. I look at her photos and read about her life and she inspires me to strive to live a holy life in simplicity.
10/03/2006 04:31:23 PM
We have stopped using the word praying to refer to interacting with a person, but we are doing so when we talk to a parent, mentor, or another "elder." Praying to the saints, then, is interacting with a person we are quite sure is holy enough to be in heaven. They can give us a lot of wisdom and they can mediate grace from God for us. Of course, Jesus, being divine, is the greatest one to pray to or with, but don't discount help from others. I have also had a remarkable experience from reading writings by St. Therese, and I believe that she helped me heal from depression, also.
10/03/2006 03:26:19 PM
She did what many do not; she persevered! Don't ever Quit! I always said that after my best friend took his life. However, I now understand the overwhelming feeling of hopelessness and I now understand the state one must be in to take this step.
10/03/2006 02:39:00 PM
I personally don't pray to saints, though I do get inspiration from reading about them. I pray to the one true God through Jesus (Yeshua) the Christ. I am concerned about the instance of a disciple casting out demons in the name of Jesus and of Paul who was attacked by the demons. Paul himself warned against equating him with Jesus in Matthew, "Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name." That's why, personally, I don't pray to saints.
10/03/2006 01:16:11 PM
I've always felt a little strange about praying to saints and then ascribing miraculous powers to them. It seems to me that the actual blessing comes from God. According to the Christian belief, we have but one mediator between God and humankind - Jesus the Christ. Why would we need more mediators when we have the One?
10/01/2006 11:16:35 AM
My cousin has a friend in New Mexico, who has a devotion to Saint Theresa. She has started a prayer circle among her friends to pray for anyone who has a problem. They say that when the prayer is answered, there's a scent of roses. Our family has a devotion to the Virgen of Guadelupe, ever since my grandmother prayed for help getting her family safely out fo Mexico during the Revolution of 1920. Prayers are often answered in ways you don't expect. God writes straight with crooked lines.
09/30/2006 04:02:21 PM
She did what many do not; she persevered! Don't ever Quit!