I’m going to get real vulnerable for a minute here.
I struggle a lot with loneliness. It’s been a common theme throughout my life. I blame a lot of this on some of the TV shows I watched as a kid. Shows like Lizzie McGuire or That’s So Raven – shows where the main character has two best friends, the trio is so solid, and never does anything without the others. I wanted that so badly.
I’ve been taught by society to place my identity in how many friends I have, in how many people like me and want to spend time with me.
This reached a peak for the first time in 6th grade. I didn’t have any friends and I was aching to belong somewhere. I remembered my grandma telling me a story about praying for the intercession of St. Therese, who would send you a rose when she heard your prayers and brought them to Jesus.
I prayed the first real prayer in my life for her intercession one night as I lay in bed, wishing for friends, and the very next day at an event for the girls’ group I was involved with, a woman named Andrea handed me an orange rose.
I was ecstatic. Prayer was real! Hope filled my heart. But more importantly, that day I realized I have a friend in HEAVEN.
I ended up choosing St. Therese to be my confirmation saint a few years after this event, but as the years have gone by, I realized more than anything that she had chosen me.
Therese died at the age of 24, the age I am now. It’s strange to think this woman had such a mature, yet constantly childlike, faith, amidst a life marked by both suffering and simplicity. If I developed tuberculosis today (the disease she died of), I would probably complain constantly and place my worth in how many people came and visited my sickbed. (This must be why I’m still alive – I get some more time to work on this!)
I have learned and will continue to learn so much from St. Therese, and I think one of the greatest gifts she has given me has been connections to others. It’s always a moment of bonding when I find out someone else chose her for their confirmation saint or has a special devotion to her.
St. Therese is a powerful intercessor, so if there is anything you need prayers for, ask her to bring your intentions to Jesus!
Everything is a grace, everything is the direct effect of our Father’s love – difficulties, contradictions, humiliations, all the soul’s miseries, her burdens, her needs – everything… Everything is a grace because everything is God’s gift. Whatever be the character of life or its unexpected events – to the heart that loves, all is well.
St. Therese of Lisieux, a heart that loves, please pray for us!
I realize that it’s been literally a full year since I’ve written anything for this blog, but it’s something that I hope to get back in the habit of doing!
Please let me know if there’s anything you’d like to read about, and you can always send me any questions or prayer intentions as well! May God bless you!