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We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. I remember, last year I wrote to a religious order and then I asked God that if the sisters reply within “two weeks” it means I’m called to religious life but if not then I will marry. She really is a wonderful saint! Her mom tried to let her down easy, how the story was a nice legend but not to expect the impossible. She told her mom she had prayed to St. Therese and confidently expected a rose as a positive answer. *  At the opening Mass I was given a card with St. Therese’s image and of course she is holding roses, under her picture are the words, “Trust God! When I went out to work in my yard, I was shocked to see a HUGE rose crowning my rose bush.

and send it to me The following day – since I thought the sign was a bit sketchy – sweet Therese sent me the exact same rose graphic. ). There hanging on my door was red rose.

On the 5th day, I missed praying before 11 a.m. as the novena instructions called for. Now, I’m not sure if I should go. It’s superstitious and borders on Old Testament Judaism and their belief in signs. In fact, I’ve kind of avoided thinking about the married life because I just wanted to be a sister. On that time I went to trappist monastery and very confused when I would start because I was still afraid. One must have passed through this dark tunnel to understand its blackness … When I sing of the happiness of Heaven and the eternal possession of God, I do not feel any joy therein, for I sing only of what I wish to believe. Philip Kosloski - published on 09/25/19 Countless people (even Pope Francis) attest to the mysterious appearance of roses at the end of their novena in honor of St. Therese of Lisieux. I like to publish this story every October 1, since it is the feast day of St. Therese, my patron saint. The following day – since I thought the sign was a bit sketchy – sweet Therese sent me the exact same rose graphic. In fact, I’ve kind of avoided thinking about the married life because I just wanted to be a sister. ( mention your special prayer request here ). as you did, in God’s great love for me, If you are discerning a vocation to the religious life make sure you have a spiritual director.

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How seriously should I take it? On January 8, 1940, about 1:30 a.m., the Little Flower appeared for the second time to Rhoda and dropped seven fresh rose petals on her and told her to have them photographed. Joan, in your dark prison you seem to me

This “dark night of the soul” eventually cleared by the time of her death, and she left this world with the words, “My God, I love You!”. I’ve been discerning for a while and I was really wanting to become religious. “It is a faithless generation that asks for a sign” drbo.org/cgi-bin/d?b=drb&bk=47&ch=12&l=39&f=s#x, God indeed sometimes can give a sign but I would not be following it until I had it affirmed by spritual direction. Since she’s a doctor of the Church, I’ll take her at her word. I’ve done a novena to St. Therese before and gotten quite confused myself.

Later that week her dad got a job, which he kept until retirement. Three years ago I was hoping I’d get a rose from St. Therese-- white for religious life, red for marriage. They want us to work out our own vocations and salvations. It was when I was at a Carmelite convent and I asked her to send me a rose if I was called there. I decided to withdraw my application.

It only takes a minute. Possibly you could do either thing, but the significance of the sign, if it is one, is that you, yourself ought not take the whole issue lightly. She taught during her life how we should “do small things with great love.” Whatever it is, even it is washing the dishes, the key is to do it with great love. Now, as I look back, I realize that St. Therese didn’t do what I asked her. And usually the rose wasn’t out of the blue, but a beautiful confirmation of a choice that was also being discerned in other ways. During her trial of faith, Thérèse felt united to Joan of Arc, especially as Joan waited in the dungeon before being led out to her cruel martyrdom. I’m just not sure how definitive a rose is. If the religious life is not for you, you’ll find it out, and pretty clearly too. I was obviously not called there, not only because of the rose mistake, but because I went to their apostolate to work and felt terribly out of place. Former spiritual director of the 6 Medjugorje visionaries …, St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s trick for patiently dealing with …, This prayer to St. Anthony is known as the “Miracle …, 10 Powerful quotes from Pope John Paul II to fill you with hope, 8 Remarkable saintly teens to inspire your family, 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month, Aleteia is published every day in eight languages: English, French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian, Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages, Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media, Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos, We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc. [God] allowed my soul to be overwhelmed with darkness, and the thought of Heaven, which had consoled me from my earliest childhood, now became a subject of conflict and torture. I know that, with me, I felt called to the married life since second-grade. I certainly hope and pray that all who may be discerning their future vocation and call from God will receive many spiritual blessings. I even wrote my prayer down and when I looked at it, I knew that the plastic roses were not a sign since they probably were there for a long time since the Carmelites put them there. I wish I could express what I feel, but it is beyond me. Thank you! We lost the main group, and didn’t really know how to get to the Shrine. Certainly, there are some Catholic devotions like this one that can become superstition (and we must be attentive to avoiding such a thing), but that doesn’t negate the proper use of the devotion. There was no assurance the mother would go through with it.

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