Who cannot love and identify with St. Therese, the Little Flower? Her "little way" to salvation is the essence of simplicity: do everything you do, no matter how small, for the love of God; each of us is small and only God's grace can lift us to sanctity; we must be childlike to reach the kingdom of Heaven. Simplistic, yes...easy, no. We must trust totally in God's love and not in our own abilities. That trust is hard...really hard, but with God all things are possible.
Several guild artists have captured the beauty and simplicity of the Little Flower, whose feast day is today, October 1st. The above picture is a 4 inch doll of St. Therese by St.AnnesPixies (http://www.etsy.com/shop/StAnnesPixies). I especially like the soft embroidery on the scapular.
Here is a retablo print of St. Therese mounted on wood with a leather hanging strap. Art4the Soul (http://www.etsy.com/shop/Art4thesoul) has captured in Therese's countenance the peace that comes from complete trust in God.
PMMDesigns (http://www.etsy.com/shop/PMMDesigns1) creates wonderful rosary place markers for those times when completing a whole rosary at once is not possible. I can imagine getting back to my rosary later in the day and finding St. Therese patiently awaiting the next "Ave" .
St. Therese is the patron saint of missionaries. Imagine donning these earrings by Axis Mundi Designs (http://www.etsy.com/shop/AxisMundiDesigns), having a stranger ask about the image, and being able to teach about the love of God through the story of St. Therese. A missionary moment to be sure...and you'll look good too!
Before her death, St. Therese had said that "after my death I will let fall a shower of roses." Now, wouldn't St. Therese have loved the soft pink roses decorating this heart-shaped soap created by Saintly Soaps (http://www.etsy.com/shop/saintlysoaps).
May St. Therese intercede for us on this, her Feast Day, and every day.
St. Therese, pray for us.