Thursday, September 23, 2010
God's Little Flower
St. Therese of Lisieux was God's Little Flower...
~Her Feast Day is coming up next week on October 1st~
St. Therese and her "little way" is the way of "holy childhood" for us to model.
As we seek to find our own way, we are blessed to have St. Therese as our guide since she is always quick to point us directly to God.
"Oh Jesus, of what use will my flowers be to You? Ah! I know very well that this fragrant shower, these fragile, worthless petals, these songs of love from the littlest hearts will charm You. Yes, these nothings will please you."
I wanted to post a few little flower craft ideas in case you may want to use them over the course of the upcoming week.
Like St. Therese, we are all "little flowers", warmed by God's love, giving us life to help us grow.
I have no doubt that God could use an Army of Little Flowers~His Little Helpers to carry out His work upon the earth, until we reach our heavenly goal.
The first craft is a Little Flower Handprint Craft (As pictured above)
We traced handprints from chosen colored construction paper, followed by cutting out stems, leaves, and a round center for each flower.
We glued handprints, stem, leaf, and center to another piece of construction paper (as background). ~The fingers of the handprints can be rolled or curled to appear more like petals~
The final step is to add a photo in the center of the Little Flower!
You can print a prayer or message to glue on the back. We used both of these:
"Each time I see a flower, Lord, I will think of the love St. Therese had for You. Please give us the wisdom to know You and to love You more and more each day." Amen.
~May these Little Flower Handprints remind us that we as "little flowers" and "little souls" can share the message of God's love with our hands and with our hearts, to everyone around us.~
This is another idea that I found in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, using cupcake baking cups!
~And a final craft idea is to make "Little Flower" Pens~
You can get all of the supplies at the Dollar Tree:
We did not make this particular pen but just tied a St. Therese quote with curly ribbon...
The quote reads:
"Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God.
Do all that you do with love."
~St. Therese of Lisieux~
I thought these would make a great craft for Little Flowers Girls Club or for party favors!
~I see the mission of St. Therese continue all around us and enjoy the countless stories shared among all of the "little" blogging souls out there. I remain inspired in marvelous ways. May we all continue to discover and better live our "little ways", modeling that holiness is accessible to all~
Be sure to visit JOYfilled family for a complete list of resources for St. Therese and Catholic Icing for great ways to enhance your feast day!
~ Jessica at Shower of Roses is posting the Little Flower Novena...Please join us in praying a long~
And some final thoughts...
"Let us keep very small and follow The Little Flower's way of trust, love, and joy."
~Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in a letter to her sisters, written on the day of her death~