October is one of my favorite months, mostly because it includes the feast day of St. Therese of the Child Jesus (aka:Thérèse of Lisieux). St. Therese has been a powerful intercessor in my life. I wrote about our relationship in my book, Becoming a Parish of Mercy. Therese led a comfortable life through most of her childhood, though she did struggle with bouts of illness from time to time. At the tender age of 14 she entered a Carmelite monastery in Lisieux, France. Bold, self-assured, and yet docile to the Spirit, Therese resolved to make her religious vocation one of love, simply love. Though she died from tuberculosis at the age of 24, as a popular intercessory, Therese continues to be the love of God to others, interceding and blessing those who ask for her help. The gift of a rose (or its depiction) is traditionally held as the sign of an answered prayer from this great saint. And if you’re not a fan of Saint Therese, I invite you to check out these 8 little-known facts about her. You might change your mind. http://catholic-link.org/2016/09/30/8-st-therese-of-lisieux/
May St. Therese fill the remainder of your October with roses!