Many people report verified healings after praying to Saint Therese or visiting her relics. As Therese lay dying in 1897, she said, "After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses." Since that time, she's been associated with those beautiful flowers. For that reason, she's the patron saint of florists; however, she helps with so much more, particularly in the area of physical healing.
It's been said that she helped many aviators during World War II, so she's also considered a patron saint of pilots, flight attendants, and air-based military personnel.
In her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, Therese discussed how simplicity, and also trusting and loving God, were the keys to living a happy and sacred life. She said that what matters in life "is not great deeds, but great love."
I first met Saint Therese when I was meditating in 1994. I loved meditating so much that I'd spend hours sitting with my eyes shut, just listening and enjoying the wonderful feelings of peace and Divine love. One day I heard a woman's voice talking to me. She said, "Little Flower,” then she said, "Saint Therese." Not having a Catholic background, I didn't know who she was, so I called a local Catholic church and asked the priest for information. He patiently explained Saint Therese's background to me, and told me about her connection to Little Flower.
The priest was so kind that I summoned up the courage to tell him about my experience during meditation. He was very open-minded and accepting, and told me that he thought Saint Therese was with me because of my work as a spiritual counselor and healer. He explained that she helps sincere people, regardless of faith.
Since that time, I've seen Saint Therese with other people to whom I've given readings. Sometimes she's with women who are named Therese or Theresa. It's wonderful to know that I still have her as a constant and steady companion and guide as well.
- Gardening—especially flowers
- Healing all forms of illness or injury
- Pilots and airline crews
- Spiritual counseling
Catholics normally recite the Novena Rose Prayer to ask for Saint Therese's blessings. Non-Catholics may also request this loving saint's assistance. It's said that if you practice this devotion for 9 to 24 days, you'll see a rose as a sign that your request has been heard and granted:
"O Little Therese of the Child Jesus, please pick for me a rose from the heavenly gardens and send it to me as a message of love. O Little Flower of Jesus, ask God today to grant the favors I now place with confidence in your hands [mention specific requests]. Saint Therese, help me to always believe as you did in God's great love for me so that I might imitate your 'Little Way' each day. Amen"