On October 1st, 2012, the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, Imagine Sisters launched the One Rose Invitation, a campaign for the faithful to personally encourage young girls and women to consider a vocation to religious life.
The One Rose Invitation was inspired by St. Therese, the patron saint of Imagine Sisters, who said, “After my death I will let fall a shower of roses.” We asked everyone to think and pray about a young woman they know who they think would make a good religious sister. Then, on the feast, they were to let her know by offering her a single rose. The rose was a symbol of the invitation to consider religious life, as well as an acknowledgment of the beauty of that young woman’s soul.
The most amazing thing, for me, is that at this time last year almost nobody on my campus even talked about religious life. Yet this year, when we placed the roses in the chapel for the One Rose Invitation, by evening all of the roses had been given away! Students truly responded with enthusiasm and love for the vocation of religious life.
Followers of Imagine Sisters posted their testimonies on our Facebook page:
“I live in a house with eight other girls. Our house was full of roses and joy! One roommate didn’t even know about One Rose but felt the holy spirit tell her to buy roses! We woke up and said, ‘Happy one rose day!’” – Julianna, TN
“I went to the dorm where she lives and left the rose with a ribbon in her room. I wrote on it: ‘I think You would be a great sister. Ask God.’” – Jucc Agnes, Hungary
“I had been praying a novena to St. Therese and I asked that I be given roses if I were supposed to discern religious life. During my holy hour that day, I felt as though I should go check my mail. In my mailbox was a card from my godmother, which had pictures of roses all over it.” – Liz, MN
“Yes! I was so happy to have received one… I hope many women become Sisters!” – Michelle, CA
“My dear friend stopped by to see me today (she did not know it was St. Therese’s feast day.) She had on a blouse that was covered in pink and red roses!” – Judie, MI
“I did it! I gave a picture of a rose to one of my friends at lunch. She had been discouraged in her discernment and this gave her a bit of hope.” – Robyn, TX
Through the intercession of St. Therese, a shower of roses truly fell down from heaven on October 1st to inspire the hearts young women. We are very thankful to all who participated in the One Rose Invitation this year and gave glory to Christ by supporting the religious life. It is our hope that the One Rose Invitation will become a tradition every year on the feast of St. Therese!
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