“You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone… For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.” – James 2:24, 26
Faith and action are important. I want Grow the Roses to help those who interact with it to grow metaphorical roses.
So I want to write under a few categories:
Roses through Works: Growing through Great Works – works of literature, film, online media, art, music and more that uplift the soul. Not necessarilly Catholic, but works that will encourage growth.
“May your art help to affirm that true beauty which will transfigure matter, opening the human soul to the sense of the eternal” – Blessed John Paul II
Roses through Action: Growing our families, homes, intellects, faith and lives through action. Living it out.
St Therese said:
“After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses. I will spend my heaven doing good upon earth. I will raise up a mighty host of little saints. My mission is to make God loved…”
These roses were both figurative and actual. Sometimes roses literally appeared, and sometimes just the fragrance of them. Cures of painful and fatal diseases and many other miraculous experiences were attributed to her intercession. Sometimes people found inner peace and regained an inner warmth of spirit and confidence, by appealing to St. Therese. Many miracles and actions of St. Therese do not involve roses. More often than not, marvelous things happen in people’s lives as they ask for her heavenly intercession. The miracles, healings and inner peace come from the trust one places in God, not from any manifestation of roses.
Therese’s message is about simplicity and love in the ordinary events of life. The stories are remarkable how roses have shown up in the lives and experiences of people, especially in the darkest times. The ordinary and constant way these roses and graces have shown up in people’s experience is extraordinary. It is important to always maintain the rose of confidence that our All-Loving God hears and responds to our needs, according to the mysterious ways of His Love.
Grow the Roses