Wednesday, January 28, 2009

An Interview

Dear readers:

There are so many wonderful Catholic websites out there in cyberspace. is one of them. Maybe your moms read it from time to time.

I am excited about an interview I did with Lisa Hendey about Olivia and the Little Way on that website. If you have a moment, maybe you might want to check it out:

Friday, January 23, 2009

Showers of roses

Aren't these pretty?

Dear readers:
As a person who loves flowers and St. Therese, I am always interested in stories that combine the two! I love to hear people's accounts of the showers of roses the Little Flower has given them.

Sometimes the accounts people tell me are amazing: a mysterious delivery of roses, or finding a single red rose in their path when they were least expecting it. St. Therese has showered me in many different ways, but all have been very subtle, which is fine with me. I'm just happy to hear a "hello" from her! Her "hellos" have come in the form of my rosebush blooming again when I didn't expect it, a lady named Rose, or coming across a bouquet in a store when I needed to see them the most.

What about you? Have you been touched by the Little Flower in a special way? I would love to hear and share your stories. You can either e-mail them to me at or add them to this post if you are a Blogger member. My email address is

Friday, January 16, 2009

Novena to St. Therese, the Little Flower

Dear readers of Olivia and the Little Way:

In Olivia and the Little Way, ten-year-old Olivia, a modern girl in fifth grade, does a lot of praying to St. Therese, thanks to her grandma, who introduces her to the Little Flower. St. Therese sure helps Olivia with so many of her problems, doesn't she?

There are lots of ways you can talk to St. Therese. Most of the time Olivia talks to her like a good friend. Other people like to pray a formal novena, which is fine too.
Here is a popular novena to St. Therese that you can say, especially when you have something very specific in mind that you would like St. Therese to pray for on your behalf. You can say this for nine days, 24 days (to represent each year of her life), or any time you feel like talking to the Little Flower and don't quite know what to say. She will be happy to hear from you!

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...(this is where you mention exactly what it is that you want St. Therese to pray for you about)...St. 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.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The St. Therese Chaplet

Dear readers: In Olivia and the Little Way, young Olivia learns what a chaplet is. It looks like a mini rosary, but it is actually a series of beads with a medal that is used to guide your prayer for a saint's intercession. Olivia's grandma teaches her how to pray the St. Therese chaplet, and it plays a big role in the story as Olivia learns to have a devotion to the Little Flower.

Have you ever seen a chaplet before? The picture above is an example of the St. Therese chaplets I now offer on my website,, to be a companion to the book so you can pray the St. Therese chaplet just like Olivia did. It consists of 24 beads, one bead representing each of the years of Therese's short life. I have found a few variations on saying this chaplet, but this is the one I like:

First, make the sign of the cross.

Then, on the medal or a singular bead, if there is one (some don't have them), say the Our Father.
Our Father,
Who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

On each of the 24 beads, say the Glory Be.
Glory be to the Father
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning
Is now, and ever shall be
world without end.

and after each Glory Be, end each bead with:
St. Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

When you reach the end, you can say another Our Father and make the sign of the cross.

The chaplet can be said for nine days or 24 days, in thanksgiving to God for giving the world this lovely saint. But you can say it whenever you feel like it. You can also say the following prayer at any time:

Prayer to St. Therese
St. Therese, the Little Flower, please pick me a rose from the heavenly garden and send it to me with a message of love. Ask God to grant me the favor I thee implore and tell Him I will love Him each day more and more.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Just love Him!

"Frequently, only silence can express my prayer." —St. Therese

Dear readers:
St. Therese liked to say that for her, prayer oftentimes was a simple gaze at Jesus on the cross. When she couldn't think of anything to say, she'd simply be silent and think about her love for Jesus.

St. Therese suffered terribly with tuberculosis before she finally died. One evening, her sister Pauline came to her room and sat beside her. She told Therese that she really should get some rest, but Therese told her no, she was too busy praying.

"What do you say to Jesus?" Pauline asked Therese.

"Nothing, I just love Him," Therese responded weakly through her intense pain. Therese was not terribly fond of structured prayer. Does this surprise you? She was fond of silence and contemplation, which means deep reflective thought.

There was a time when Olivia could not think of anything to say to God. I think we all have those times once in a while. It is nothing to worry about. The next time you feel this way, do what the Little Flower did often: Just love Him.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Take God With You In 2009

"We must abandon the future into the hands of God." —St. Therese

Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God

Dear readers:

Today we honor Our Lady, the Mother of God. St. Therese had a strong devotion to her and prayed to her all of the time, especially when she was very sick as a child. Therese wrote that it was a miracle that cured her as she lay in bed looking at a beautiful statue of Mary. When Mary smiled down on her, her illness vanished.

It's a new year! We now say goodbye to 2008 and all of the things, good and bad, that went with it. Some wonderful things happened this year to me, and the creation and publishing of Olivia and the Little Way is one of the happiest.

I know many people who are happy to see 2008 go, though, for one reason or another. Some people lost loved ones this past year. Others lost jobs. Maybe some of you have parents who have lost jobs. Financial hardship is very common right now in our country. But is important not to lose hope. Jesus teaches us no to worry, even though it seems so easy to fall into that way of thinking.

Have you ever heard the saying, "Let go and let God"? I like this saying very much because it reminds us to relax and let God handle our problems and worries. Not easy to do, is it? Some people feel they are being more useful and productive if they worry. St. Therese was very wise, and her advice to "abandon the future into the hands of God" is a necessity in order to live a peaceful life. I know that some of you are struggling with hard times right now, and my prayer for you is to be rest assured that God is watching over you, day and night. Let God take care of what will happen to you, to all of us, in the future.

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