“When I die, I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens, I will spend my heaven by doing good on earth.” – St. Therese of Lisieux
St. Therese of Lisieux is one of my favorite saints. Growing up she greatly desired to be a soul-winning missionary and heroic martyr. But God was calling her to a more simple life in the convent. Although she didn’t get to physically win souls for Christ, she realized that through prayer and sacrifice in her convent, she can make just as big of a difference in the world. She is now greatly known for her “Little Way.” She taught that one doesn’t need to become a saint through heroic deeds, but by just simply making small day-to-day sacrifices out of love for Jesus. By doing “small things with great love.” (Mother Teresa)
One of my family’s favorite things to do for birthdays is random acts of kindness. It is so much fun to make someone’s day and by thinking of others on your birthday it combats the disappointment that can come by just thinking of yourself. We’ve paid for someone behind us in the drive thru or brought cookies to the police officers. We’ve left gift cards on the bathroom mirror of a restaurant or money on a vending machine. But my all time favorite is handing out roses to random women. It is just such a joy to bring a smile and a bit of sunshine to their day and whatever may be going on in their life.
October 1 is St. Therese’s feast day and in honor of her we bought a dozen roses to hand out to women. We just drove around town and let Therese show us the women who needed a rose in their life right at that moment. Although most women just smiled, said thank you, and left never telling us how it affected them, there have been a few that have revealed to us how it touched them. One woman said her son is in the hospital and it really made her day. And another told us it was her birthday and the rose meant a lot to her. We also secretly left a rose for someone we knew and later found out how much it meant to her and helped her get through the week. Even after the rose dies the kindness continues to affect that person.
Sometimes someone needs a rose. There are days even I feel like I need a rose to help me get through the week or a hardship. That “rose” might not come to me as a sweet smelling flower but could be a kind word or a warm hug. I challenge you today to give someone a rose. It could be a flower to that lady coming out of the store or it could be a kind deed for your sibling. Whatever it is say a prayer to St. Therese for help, then go out and do little acts of kindness with great love..