Dear Friend of St. Therese,
How does one go about growing the kind of faith that can move mountains? St. Therese knew: become like a little child. Here's what she meant: in moments of struggle, we must have an attitude of innocence, absolute trust and complete surrender to God's will. For many of us, that's the hard part.
But Therese also knew that discouragement is just part of life here on earth. That's why, to hold us up when we feel down, she promised to send a shower of roses on anyone who turns to her. Even Pope Francis considers her his "go-to" saint; he knows just how powerful she is.
I have a plan I need to share with you. It's a big plan and I need you to be a part of it. My goal is to create an everlasting tribute to the intercessory power of our beloved St. Therese as a way of thanking her for the roses she has shared with us so generously in our moments of need.
Here's the idea: I want to plant a beautiful wildflower garden within our Carmelite Meditation Garden and to have these flowers nurtured by your prayers.
Why wildflowers? Therese didn't see herself as a brilliant rose or an elegant lily, but simply as a small wild flower. This is how she understood herself before the Lord- simple and hidden, but blooming where God had planted her.
To make this garden happen, I ask you to write a short note to St. Therese in the Prayer Intentions box below. Consider it a message intended just for her. You can express a word of thanks - or simply ask her to pray for you and your intentions.
I will then place your note in a time capsule which will be buried in the garden and won't be opened until 50 years from now. Over the next half century, your prayers will be a source of life not only to the flowers that bloom, but also to all who will be inspired by what this garden represents.
As a thank-you for your support, I will send you a special wildflower seeded paper like the one pictured here. The small biodegradable flower is embedded with seeds that will bloom into colorful daisies for your own garden or planter.
It's unlikely that I will be the Carmelite who will be digging up the time capsule in the year 2065. But I will leave instructions for my successor in a special envelope, asking them to unearth the capsule on the Feast Day of St. Therese.
Thank you for considering this invitation. You have been a wonderful friend to St. Therese and the Society of the Little Flower. Trust that each day, as my Carmelite brothers and I gather in prayer, we remember you and all that is dear to your heart.
In her love,
Fr. Bob Colaresi, O. Carm.