Little Flowers and Big Miracles

Therese 3

There is a lot to be said about a saint, who made it to Heaven by doing little things. Saint Therese of the Child Jesus was one of those, who did just that. She was hidden away in a cloistered Carmelite Monastery. However, as of late, what she did for me was no small matter. I had a family situation; Prayers were needed desperately for an answer, and it was through the humble little French Saint (St. Therese) that my prayers were heard. I had started a nine day novena to her, pleading for my nephew, who was clinging to life in the pediatric ICU unit in my city. First of all, he was at death’s door, and I asked that he may live. Mostly though, as is the case in plenty of families,even Catholic,he may have ended up dying and without ever being baptized. I had to beg St. Therese for an answer, because family wasn’t cooperating. I had asked a family member, who was present to do the layman’s Baptism. I was assured it would be done, but then found out later, that it wasn’t. I called a Catholic Chaplain, who just so happened to work out of that hospital. He started a 30 minute drive there. I received a call later, only to be told, the father had sent the priest away. I was heartbroken. What to do now? If my nephew should pass away,he would not be admitted into Heaven.

I knew then, the only solution was prayer, as I had done what I could. But, with God, nothing’s impossible. I started that St. Therese novena immediately. Things seemed grim,as I checked for updates on my nephew’s condition. He was on a respirator. The doctor wasn’t sure either if my nephew would be brain dead, comatose and maybe even die. I waited. Finally , I went to sleep, with more prayers for him. Then came the next morning. I had asked for my usual sign of a rose. This time I needed a purple one, so I could be sure this was the sign. It came! I logged into my face book the morning after, and the first post on my wall was none other than a beautiful purple rose. The sender had started a post on St. Therese, the day before, unaware of my prayer. I didn’t tell anyone about this. She told me, after I revealed she was instrumental in answering the novena, that she had started praying for my intentions, the day before. She was amazed,as I told her of what I asked. Saint Therese,may be little and humble; however when she answers, it is no small thing. My little Saint to whom I have devotion, was already hearing my plea, before I could ask. St. Therese is truly a remarkable saint. If you need problems solved, prayers answered, or any grace, go to her. You’ll never be disappointed. Saint Therese, pray for us! May I add, that the same day I got the sign, my sister called and told me that my nephew was actually sitting up eating, groggy, but no tube was down his throat. He was breathing on his own. The  good news is that he suffered no long term organ damage. The only prayer now is that his father will see to his Baptism. I am glad he didn’t die without the sacraments. In time, I’m sure, our dear Little Flower will see that he becomes a Catholic.

Ready for Battle

While we’re wandering in the dark, and over this treacherous sea,

Please hear us, young maid, Joan of Arc. You won’t ignore our plea

In this vale, so filled with tears, the sufferings that wait in store

You’ll come in haste, to calm our fears, and row us to safer shore

The battle horn is blowing now, the Angels poised with bowls of wrath, St. Joan help us through this somehow, and lead us  along God’s holy path

It’s hard to see the light at all, the battle’s just begun, We hear you with your battle call, with you the victory will be won

St. Joan, you’re here to help us fight, with your courage we can win. The enemy sees you and takes flight, in this evil world of sin

We need your help. The time is here, and now we join your army ranks. Your time’s arrived, the signs are clear. There’s no need for army tanks

St. Joan, we join you in this war, for this , the Lord will arm us. Your name, we’ll bear upon our breast, and nothing then will harm us

Written: February 8, 2012

Fair Maiden of France

Joan cloud no site

Saint Joan of Arc so pure and bright

Who became that brave and wondrous knight

Who so valiantly fought with courage and love

and kept going ,supplied with graces from above

You won the battle, to get a king crowned

around the world, your name is renowned

A maiden so fair, put to death for no reason

in the flower of youth, blooming in the right season

A girl who kept her soul white as snow

sent by God on a mission, so off did she go

To do as God asked, for He stayed by her side

and the strength she needed her saints supplied

Untouched by the vanity the world had to give

she gave up her life, so that she might live

Her soul like a dove to Heaven flew

where she prays for us daily,our strength

she renews

A great French maiden of seventeen years old

and now the face of God , Joan of Arc can behold

St. Therese and suffering

Anyone who knows the story of Saint Therese knows she had  a childlike trust in God. Through her entire life she had a great confidence in Him.

Everything about the way she lived reflected that trust. She was a  sensitive girl,who cried over the slightest thing.

There are so many examples of this, but I’ll name only a few. For instance, she wanted to save souls with all her heart.

After her change one Christmas,  she began to grow up and not cry about everything, including the fact that her father forgot to fill the shoes with gifts. God had worked a miracle for her.

She had heard of a public sinner about to go to the death penalty, and without remorse. He was a hardened criminal, and it seemed his soul would be lost. Of course, Therese turned to God in prayer with great confidence. She told God that even if the criminal didn’t go to confession, she would believe he was saved if only there was a little sign.

So great was her confidence in God’s mercy, that soon after, she read the newspaper and it said that the man kissed a crucifix three times.

How happy Therese must have been to hear of this. There was the sign she’d asked God for. A true sign of repentance, and right before he was to be put to death by guillotine. She also would have many trials as well.

After her sister Pauline left for  a vocation to the Carmelite monastery,Therese was plunged into a most horrible suffering. Her separation from Pauline was more than she could bear. She came down with a terrible illness, and for days was in a delirium.

Again, Therese prayed to “Our Lady” for help, and soon her health returned.  There is the period of waiting after she traveled to Rome and appealed to the Pope when she announced her desire to be a religious in the monastery. She left disappointed, but never gave up hope that her prayer  would be answered.

Once more her great trust in God paid off. She would receive a letter telling her she could be accepted into the convent at  the age of 15. Still she’d have to wait a little longer. She never doubted ,so great was her childlike trust in God in every suffering.

Towards the end of her life, she had an advanced case of tuberculosis and to top it off she was constantly persecuted by a certain sister in her convent. Therese had grown so much in the spiritual life by that time, that she understood how to use her sufferings to advance in holiness.

When she lay dying, her cross was so heavy, that most people would ask God to take away the suffering, or to cure them. But not Therese. She understood the infinite merit there would be for souls, if she offered up everything. At one point Therese said “Everything You will, but have pity on me.” She didn’t ask God to remove her cross.

She died in great peace. How many times do we have trials and ask God to heal our bodily sufferings? What about our mental anguish, loneliness, loss of material things, death in the family? It seems we could all learn a lesson from Saint Therese.

We should pray to her often, and ask her to gain for us the same great confidence in God she had. We all need to be like a little child, and trust in God Our Father, just as a child trusts in his or her parents without question.

So if you lack that trust and confidence, when suffering comes to your door, St. Therese is the saint you need to pray to. Ask her and you won’t be disappointed. Suffering will be made so much easier.

St. Therese(Little Flower) Pray for us!

The Monarch

A holy prince the throne shall take
A wonderful Monarch he will make
When God will be worshiped again once more
A period of peace will reign for sure
And troubles shall cease at least for a time
The Church will enjoy great glory sublime
And all will follow Christ, the true King
In Heaven the angels will rejoice and sing
And the Monarch will reign along with the Pope
to give us once more a much needed hope
This prophecy shall come, oh people take heed
when the world will be in terrible need
We await for this time when the Church is restored
and Christ as true King shall be adored

written by:Soldier for Christ 33

St. Therese The Little Flower

Oh Little white flower as sweet as can be
Our Lord loved you ever so tenderly.
From the day you were born
’til the day that you died
The Heavenly Father was there at your side.
Loving you, holding you, shaping and molding you into a victim of love.
Dear Little flower how God loved you so and in your pure soul all His graces did flow.
He preserved you and kept you so chaste oh dear saint.
So to you do I pray when my love may grow faint.
What pity you had for poor souls who were lost
that you’d suffer for them at so great a cost.
So now Saint Therese to you do I pray
That soon I may imitate your little way.

By:Soldier for Christ 33
Written:February 16,1985