I have to tell you, I’m excited about this blog! I’m truly grateful for all of the support and encouragement I’ve received from family and friends. This may not seem like a big deal, but it is to me; so thank you!
Now for the explanation of the name. (I know, I know, you’ve been waiting on the edge of your seat for this.) Once I felt that God was calling me to start a blog, one of my first thoughts was that I needed to choose a name.
I’m a perfectionist, so this sort of task would normally take me a long time to accomplish. I often don’t feel comfortable with a decision or action unless I feel it’s completed “perfectly” (which I know sounds ridiculous because “perfect” does not exist).
I wanted the name to be something meaningful and connected to God since He is the main focus here. I’m all about words, and life in general, having purpose. If something has no meaning, it doesn’t work for me, and I can’t connect to it. After saying a short prayer, ideas came to me rather quickly.
I’ll let you in on a little secret, I pray to both the Lord and Archangel Gabriel before I write something that another person will read. If anything I have ever written or write touches someone, all of the credit goes to them. I used the same go-to prayer when praying for a name for this blog. If you’re ever at a loss for words in either speaking or writing, ask St. Gabriel for help.
While I was in the kitchen preparing dinner, one title stuck out clearly in my mind: One Small Rose.
The name has several meanings—all of which come from who I am and my individual spirituality. The most obvious connection is to my middle name Rose in honor of both of my grandmothers. To this day, I question my mom about the spelling and pronunciation of my first name Terése because it makes no sense to me!
My family is of Italian descent, and apparently my great-grandmother spelled and pronounced her name the same way, but I can’t find any proof that it’s Italian. Long story short (or maybe not so short?), I now believe that both God and St. Thérèse played a role in naming me. It’s no coincidence that my name is Terése Rose… I don’t believe in coincidences anyway.
Some of you may know about, or at least heard of, St. Thérèse of Lisieux. She said that when she died, she would spend heaven doing good on earth and “let fall a shower of roses.” I’ve actually received one rose from time to time as acknowledgement of Novenas or specific intentions that I’ve prayed.
One might think that I’ve always had a connection to her because of the distinct association of our names. Well, I haven’t. It wasn’t until July 2016 that I developed a devotion to her.
While reading 33 Days to Merciful Love by Fr. Michael Gaitley, I learned about St. Thérèse’s spiritual path of “The Little Way.” In learning about her spirituality, I became aware of my own spirituality as well. I felt like I was reading a description of my own interior life!
By reading that book, I gained insight and understanding that’s been indispensable. It felt as if a light switch was turned on in my soul and I could see God and my relationship to Him clearly and without distortion.
How did I not see this before?!
The “small” part is sort of a play on St. Thérèse’s nickname “The Little Flower.” Let me be clear, I am no saint (not yet anyway) and not attempting to equate myself with her. However, I do have a strong desire to be a saint and try to follow her “little way” to holiness.
My weaknesses are always right before my eyes. I used to see this as an obstacle and hindrance to holiness. I thought that I was expected to try to become “perfect” on my own. St. Thérèse taught me (thanks be to God) that I was wrong.
I will get there, but my path must be based on childlike trust and dependence on God. She showed me that I must bring myself to Jesus just as I am—broken, weak, small—and allow Him to help me along this path.
Here’s another secret (that really shouldn’t be a secret and should be shared with the world), God loves us because of our imperfections, weaknesses and brokenness, not in spite of them! I’m learning to embrace my smallness each day and now see it as a blessing, rather than a thorn.
I may sound a bit theological, but this message is the key for me and something I feel I need to share. If you’re interested in the book, you can read the introduction through the link below. Feel free to ask me about it as well!
*Please note that the article on the site was written in 2016 when the book was first released.