One Sunday morning as I opened my missalette, a piece of paper fell out. On it was written a prayer to St. Thérèse, with the instructions to say the prayer for nine days for your intention, and also to copy out the prayer eleven times and place it in other missalettes where people would eventually find them.
At the time I was not familiar with novenas, and the thought of copying it out eleven times for others struck me as absurd, like some sort of religious chain-letter. But I prayed the prayer over and over, not just for nine days…
I don’t remember what my intention was, but the prayer has always stayed with me:
Petite Thérèse de l’enfant Jésus, toi qui nous a promis de faire du bien sur la terre, répand ta pluie de roses sur tous ceux qui t’invoque. Accorde-nous la grace de ta bonté. Amen.
I have not been able to find that exact prayer anywhere in books or online, but I believe it may have been based on the prayer I found here:
Well, as a matter of fact, I did sit down one night and wrote out eleven copies of the prayer. After a few Sundays had passed, I had managed to slip it into eleven missalettes for others to find.
Thank you, St. Thérèse. Merci pour ta pluie de roses dans nos vies. May you have a festive day today in heaven, with the Holy Trinity, the Blessed Virgin, all the angels and saints, and our loved ones.