“I will spend my Heaven doing good on earth,” said Saint Therese of Lisieux. She’s a powerhouse saint she has made good on her promise, interceding for those who call upon her and becoming one of the most popular saints of the 20th and 21st centuries. Through her autobiography, Story of a Soul, her holiness is known to the world.
Her humble “Little Way” gives us an attainable path to sanctity. She did little things—chores, short prayers, and small acts of charity—and used them to glorify God and serve those around her. Through her persistent prayer and intercession, this young girl became a patron of missionaries while remaining in a cloistered Carmelite monastery.
Fr. James Kubicki served as the Director of the Apostleship of Prayer for 14 years, and joined Morning Air® to talk about Saint Therese, who is a patron of the Apostleship of Prayer because she joined the apostolate at the age of 12.
Fr. Kubicki encouraged each of us make the Morning Offering a part of our daily life. This is “a way of following the example of Saint Therese” and “making sure that every moment of [our] life is offered back to God as a gift to him for his service.”
Have you ever received a rose from Saint Therese of Lisieux? She’s known as the “Little Flower” and has a reputation for sending roses to those who pray for her intercession. Some listeners called with stories of the roses received from St. Therese.
“My daughter was getting married 26 years ago and I was concerned and I had prayed a novena. My sisters and I used to get together every First Saturday to pray the Rosary for priests and we happened to be in my sister’s church in Palatine, St. Therese the Little Flower. And I went up to the front of the church because there was a banner and I wanted to read it. This was at the end of my novena and the banner said, “And the two shall become one,” and there was roses. And I thought, well that’s the answer to my prayer. And they’ve been married for 26 years and have they have three children,” said MaryAnn.
“I’ve been praying the St. Therese novena … and our little granddaughter who just turned seven has gone through four rounds of chemo and yesterday was the surgery to remove anything that was on her tailbone where the tumor was,” said Barb. “I went to church and was in the church praying and came out afterwards and there had been a funeral in the other part of the church. And the funeral director came up to me and said, ‘Would you like a rose?’ I don’t know where it had come from because the people had all left, and I said, ‘Sure, thanks.’ And I got in my car and I went about my day … and at 5:00 that afternoon we got a call from our son that everything went better than expected for Clara.” She didn’t realize until later that evening when she was driving home from a swim class and listening to Relevant Radio®—that she had received a rose that very same day.
On October 1, the feast day of St. Therese, we pray for her intercession that through her example, we may grow in humility and holiness.
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