Rhoda Wise in her own words - Our lord and the Little Flower
appeared to me on the second anniversary of the healing on my
abdomen. June 28, 1941 at 11:45p.m. All week my heart ached with
longing for my Savoir, until I thought I could not stand it. All
day long the odor of roses was very noticeable about the house.
In the evening someone sent me several dozen roses for my altar.
Before retiring I place them on the altar saying, as I always
do, " For the Sacred Heart and the Little Flower with all
my love." I then knelt in prayer and said because of my heartache,
"Jesus, help me tonight." Jesus said. "Yes, my
child, I will help thee." There He was, standing behind me,
and as I turned towards Him, He said:" You are chosen to
win those souls I send to you. Many are weak and unbelievers.
Through suffering, trials, heartaches, through prayer and your
intercession, many will be saved. "There will be many cures
and manifestations of God's power on this spot.
here will receive many blessings, and through contact with you,
many will be saved. To do this, above all other attachments, regardless
of all things, you must serve Me first. Some who you think strong
are weak and their faith wavering. Through contact with you they
will become stronger. I will manifest Myself in various cures
that others receive light and faith. Countless thousands will
seek you. Only through suffering and heavy crosses can My work
be done. You are chosen. You will not fail." The Little Flower
appeared for a short time . She said, " I am ever near you.
Thanks for the roses with love." She was smiling beautifully.
Our Lord looked more serious than ever before. He smiled only
when He looked at His picture on the altar. Before leaving He
Blessed religious articles for me.
mentioned may be the first attempt made by an artist to portray
Jesus as Rhoda saw Him. Rhoda, however, was not satisfied with
that first attempt and she asked Sister Rosalia of the Sisters
of Charity of St. Augustine to try and capture with oils her handsome
Jesus whose golden robe reflected every color. The painting was
finished by October, 1942 and became a permanent part of Rhoda's
altar room. In 1943, Monsignor Habig allowed copies to be made
which were sold to cover the printing cost.
Rhoda's picture of Jesus
was miraculous for several reasons - beginning with how it
came to be. One Sunday while Rhoda was speaking to the many visitors
who had gathered at her home, she was called away into the family's
living quarters momentarily. When she returned a soldier in the
crowd stopped her and asked when she would have The Lord's picture
in the altar room. She didn't look up but laughed and said, "
I can't even drawn a moon-face. I don't know how I would draw
a picture of Our Lord." " You can, you will, and you
must," the soldier replied.
Rhoda looked up at the serious
soldier. His eyes were familiar. It was Jesus Himself! As
soon as Rhoda recognized Him, He disappeared. Somewhat dazed,
Rhoda asked the other visitors if they had seen the soldier who
had been among the crowd. All of them had been aware of a man
in a uniform, but no one paid any special attention to him!
Later, when Sister Rosalia
was painting the picture, Rhoda kept telling her the eyes weren't
right. In absolute frustration, Sister told Rhoda to paint the
eyes herself- which Rhoda did while Our Lord guided her hand. Another time, tears flowed from the eyes in the finished painting
and also from the eyes of Rhoda's statue of St. Therese. And
finally, some years after Rhoda died, the picture of Jesus (which
had lost much of it's color) was miraculously redone. Monsignor
Habig told Anna Mar, " It must have been a touch from Heaven."
here] story titled 'Phenomena still said to occur in house
of woman who endured wounds of Jesus" - Caretaker for house
of stigmatic says scent of roses and healings still occur...