I would like to share my experience with St. Therese and flowers, both to honor her and encourage others.
For me, Therese has sent what I ask for, and usually relatively soon after asking, though not always. I am very intentional about asking for specific flowers, and I try to choose unusual things or things I have never seen before so that I am sure they are a message from her. That said, I ask for all sorts of flowers, not just roses (she is a saint after all–she isn’t limited to roses), and I definitely ask for specific colors to mean specific things, and I make this clear in my prayers to her. I have asked for magenta roses, green roses, tiger lillies when they were out of season, burgundy calla lillies, pink and white tulips, magenta and white roses, etc, and I have recieved each and every one. I’ll briefly recount the most striking elements of these consolations…
-The magenta roses I asked for during a trying time in my marriage. Magenta was one of my wedding colors, and I found out it symbolizes both passion and calm with its red and purple hues. I appreciated this since it suits the blend of my husband and I–I am passionate, he is calm and serene. Anyway, I asked for the roses to assure me my husband and I would not only heal, but would flourish together. I received the roses within three days of asking, and started to wonder if they were too pink (a worrying wife over-thinks things!). So, I did what anyone would–I asked her to make them more purple. And she did. They ended up the most beaming, radiant magenta, and I took about a million pictures of them in an attempt to capture the gift. Most importantly, my husband and I mended our relationship, and have developed a bond that is truly singular and irreplaceable, thanks to God’s grace
-I asked for magenta and white roses–as in magenta and white mixed together somehow–to assure me my husband and I would conceive children (magenta for our marital bond, white for life). Shortly thereafter, I received magenta roses, but there was no white. I was praying a novena to St. Ann at the time, and just as I was starting to despair, I prayed my novena, got up, went into the room with the flowers, and one petal, right in the front, was bent downward, revealing a white line in the middle of the petal. We have not conceived children yet, but the incredible way the sign was given to us gives us rest and assurance. I saved the petal and plan to frame it to hang in our nursery some day, and we also plan to name our first girl Rosalie St.Therese (Rosalie means “rose garden”) as a way to honor her.
-Finally, most recently, I asked for green roses–a very hard thing to come by, and something I have never seen before. I asked without even knowing if they existed! I asked for them to signify good health as I have recently come down with some perplexing neurological symptoms. Sure enough, they showed up, and my very burdened heart felt such relief at the sight of them. They are a pale green, the color of green hydragenias. I did some googling, and they are called “St. Patrick tea roses.” Roses named for a saint was nice touch on Therese’s part! My health has improved, but my symptoms are still here and I am still in the process of seeing doctors in hope of answers. In the meantime, I have gotten two more bunches of green roses, which surprised me since I didn’t ask for any more. Turns out, my mother asked her to send me more as a sign I will be healthy!
All of this to say, consolations from heaven are such a sweet, tender gift that can carry us through dark times. St. Therese’s signs for me have been like salve on my wounds. Given her signs and God’s work in my life already, I look forward to seeing what the future holds.