Incidental Roses in the Life of St.Thérèse


I love little “coincidences” in life.  Most Catholics … and many non-Catholics! know there is a connection between St. Thérèse and roses.  Probably the most popular image of St. Thérèse is of her holding a crucifix nestled in a bunch of roses.  In honor of the feast of St. Thérèse (today - October 1), below are listed some neat little stories of roses that appeared in the life of St. Thérèse ...

~ When Thérèse was born (January 2, 1873), a friend of the family wrote a special poem and had his son deliver it to the Martin house …
 
Smile now and haste thee to grow
Happiness beckons thee on,
Tenderness, loving and careful,
Eagerly begs thee unclose –
Smiling, embrace thou the dewdrops,
Scatter thy perfume afar
Bud, who at dawn are unfolding,
Haste to thy splendor as Rose!

~ Due to intestinal troubles, Thérèse had to be nursed by a farmer’s wife named Rose from three months until 15 months old.
 
~ In May of 1885, when Thérèse was 12 years old, Thérèse and her closest sister, Céline vacationed with their Uncle at Deauville at the Chalet des Roses.

~ In September of 1885, Thérèse and Céline vacationed in Trouville at the Villa Rose.

~ In 1890, the ailing Louis Martin, the father of Thérèse, blessed a crown of roses that Thérèse wore for her Profession.

~ In 1895, Thérèse wrote in Story of a Soul:
He (God) willed to create great souls comparable to lilies and roses, but He has created smaller ones and these must be content to be daisies or violets destined to give joy to God’s glances when He looks down at His feet.

~ During a conversation with her oldest blood sister, Marie (who was also a religious sister to Thérèse) on June 9, 1897, just a few months before her death …
Sr. Marie of the Sacred Heart: What sorrow we’ll experience when you leave us!
Sr. Thérèse: Oh, no, you will see; it will be like a shower of roses.

~ A little more than a month before her death, Thérèse spoke these words: 
Gather these [rose] petals, little sisters; they will help you to give pleasure later on.  Do not lose one of them!

~ On August 30, 1897, one month before her death, Céline (Sr. Geneviève) took a photograph of Thérèse unpetalling roses over her crucifix.

~ The remains of St. Thérèse were exhumed on September 6, 1910 and a scent of roses could be detected coming from her coffin.

 
Painting of St. Thérèse at the Little Flower Basilica
in San Antonio, Texas. 
The original of this portrait was painted by Céline Martin, the sister of St.Thérèse, and is kept in Lisieux, France.  According to Fr. Stephane-Joseph Piat, the design of this particular painting was adopted for a banner used in Rome in honor of the Canonization of St. Thérèse on May 17, 1925.

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