Yesterday I got on my knees and said the devotional prayer to Saint Therese the little flower. I have to admit, I am a bit desperate, and I begged for a rose to be sent to me as soon as possible, if not at the end of the 9 days. I prayed for the rose to clearly and convincingly indicate to me my vocation in life, as I am struggling in my discernment and very anxious about what to do this fall, which I am still unsure of (sophomore in college). Well today is my parent’s anniversary and when I got home from work I saw on the kitchen table a boquet of flowers with pink roses in them from my dad to my mom as an anniversary gift. Is this what a rose sent from Saint Therese would look like, or should I keep waiting? If it is the rose from Saint Therese, would that be a sign that I am called to married life? Or is it not an answer to my prayer because it’s an anniversary gift from my dad to my mom. Only looking for experienced answers if you’re they’re out there, preferably priests. I’ll have to bring this up with my spiritual director too.
A rose is a rose is a rose.
I think it would be best if you did talk to your spiritual director about all of this. It seems like you still have many questions.
You make this old Carmelite smile.
There is no standard, one-size-fits-all rose that she sends as a sign. As a matter of fact, for important issues such as a vocation, she often remains silent and tests the faith and discernment of the seeker.
Here’s a link to read an English translation of her famous poem, “Mon ciel à moi”, which she wrote in 1896 for one of the nuns. She writes about how she finds heaven, even when Jesus seems to be hiding.
And while you are reading, you may discover a more important rose: this is the website where you can read all of St Therese’s writings, view all of her photos, read all of the family letters, and more… for free.