“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
This year will be our first celebrating St. Therese of Lisieux on her feast day (October 1) & it's just another sweet reminder of how rich the Church's tradition and culture is! I love bringing new traditions into family as we walk alongside the Church in the liturgical year. Here are some little and easy ways to celebrate the Little Flower.
As a family, we can say this Morning Prayer by St. Therese
"O my God! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to Its infinite merits; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love.
O my God! I ask of Thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in heaven for all Eternity. Amen."
We can bring God's love to others in little but meaningful ways. I thought it would be a sweet idea to make paper or felt flowers and give them out to people we see that day. This year, her feast day is on a Saturday, so I'm sure Lily will love giving them out to neighbors and friends! Here are some ideas on Pinterest.
We can celebrate at home with sweets. Making treats can be such a fun way to help kids celebrate! St. Therese loved eclairs so those would be perfect, but we might try to make rose cupcakes or flower-shaped cookies.
We are welcoming a sweet little St. Therese of Lisieux Shining Light doll into our home. Lily and Augustine both love these dolls, and I love them because they're safe for little ones and a wonderful (easy) way to incorporate the saints in their daily life and play. We already have St. Patrick and St. Nicholas, so St. Therese will be quite at home with her saint buddies.
Put all the roses everywhere. Make your own "shower of roses" and fill your home with them for the day! We have a rose bush in our front yard so I'll be making a few mini bouquets and setting them around the house. If it's in your budget, pick up a small bouquet from the store. Wear anything floral or red and encourage your children to as well. It's a fun way to celebrate the life of such a sweet saint! I fell in love with this rose flannel fabric and made a few baby blankets - they are an easy gift for any baby girls born around this time of year!
- Shower of Roses: Ideas for Celebrating the Feast of St. Therese
- Catholic Cuisine: A "Shower of Roses" Tea Party
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