Saint Therese of Lisieux, also known as “The Little Flower,” and Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face and whom Holy Mother Church has called the “Prodigy of Miracles . . . the Greatest Saint of Modern Times.”
Many faithful know St. Therese through her autobiography, Story of a Soul. She described her life as a “little way of spiritual childhood.” In her autobiography, she beautifully explains this spirituality: “Jesus set before me the book of nature. I understand how all the flowers God has created are beautiful, how the splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not take away the perfume of the violet or the delightful simplicity of the daisy. I understand that if all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty, and the fields would no longer be decked out with little wild flowers. So it is in the world of souls, Jesus’ garden. He has created smaller ones and those must be content to be daisies or violets destined to give joy to God’s glances when He looks down at His feet. Perfection consists in doing His will, in being what He wills us to be.”
Miraculous Invocation To Saint Therese
O Glorious Saint Therese, whom almighty God has raised up to aid and counsel mankind, I implore your Miraculous Intercession. So powerful are you in obtaining every need of body and soul our Holy Mother Church proclaims you a “Prodigy of Miracles…the Greatest Saint of Modern times.” Now I fervently beseech you to answer my petition (mention prayer request) and to carry out your promises of spending Heaven doing good upon earth…of letting fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses. Henceforth, dear Little Flower, I will fulfill your plea” to be made known everywhere” and I will never cease to lead others to Jesus through you. Amen
Chaplet of St Therese (Little Flower Rosary)
Make the Sign of the Cross, and say on the first bead:
“St. Therese of the Infant Jesus, Patroness of Missions, pray for us!”
On each of the remaining 24 beads say “The Glory be…” to honour the Holy Trinity in thanksgiving for having given us the Little Saint who lived in this world but 24 years.
“Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.”
Concluding prayer to St. Therese:
“St. Therese, the Little Flower, please pick me a rose from the heavenly garden and sent it to me with a message of love. Ask God to grant me the favour I thee implore and tell Him I will love Him each day more and more. Amen”
Your Prayers of Petitions can be submitted to Carmelites at the National Shrine of St. Therese.
Until the end of the world I will spend my heaven doing good upon the earth.”
~ St. Therese of the Child Jesus