ABOUT PETITE FLEUR EARRINGS
The name Petite Fleur means "little flower" in French. It is inspired by a french Carmelite nun named St. Therese of Lisieux who shared a beautiful reflection about what perfection consists of.
"I understood how all the flowers He [God] has created are beautiful, how the spendor of the rose and the whiteness of the Lily do not take away the perfume of the little violet or the delightful simplicity of the daisy. I understood that if all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty, and the fields would no longer be decked out with little wild flowers. And so it is in the world of souls, Jesus' garden. He willed to create great souls comparable to Lilies and roses, but He has created smaller ones and these must be content to be daisies or violets destined to give joy to God's glances when He looks down at His feet. Perfection consists in doing His will in being what He wills us to be" St. Therese of Lisieux.
St. Therese saw herself as a "little flower of Jesus," which is why she is sometimes referred to as the "Little Flower."
SOULS IN JESUS' GARDEN
Each and every one of us has a calling and a purpose in this life. We were created to be loved and to love. My hope is that you will be inspired to be who God intends you to be. We will never know the impact that we have on one another and the world just by being who God created us to be.
St. Mother Teresa said, "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." If you look at the lives of the saints we can begin to see that they didn't go through life alone. In the book of Genesis it was God who said, "It is not good that the man should be alone" Genesis 2:18. For this reason and in honor of St. Therese's Garden of Souls reflection I have decided to dedicate and name each earring design after a "flower" (family member, friend, or saint) in Christ's Garden. My prayer is that these names may remind you of your special role in God's master plan!
God brings people and relationships into our lives for a reason. One of my favorite lines in the Litany of Humility is "That others may become holier than I, provided that I become as holy as I should." As I create these earrings I pray that these little clay creations and the women who wear them will give God glory. That each woman (including myself) would be who God created her to be. That we would strive for holiness, virtue, and perfection by imitating the lives of Jesus and Mary. And that we may deeply love God and our neighbor. If we ardently desired this prayer in the litany of humility than I think that as St. Catherine of Sienna said we would truly "set the world on fire" with love of God and neighbor!
St. John Paul II & Ven. Jan Tyranowski
There are a few saints that immediately come to mind when I think about the souls in Jesus' garden. St. John Paul II, a wonderful person, pope, and saint has inspired so many lives (including mine) just by answering his call to holiness. He did not answer his call alone though! There was one man who greatly impacted the life of young Karol Jozef. This man's name was Jan Tyranowski and he was inspired to form a men's Rosary group called "The Living Rosary." Jan Tyranowski's Rosary group produced eleven priestly vocations both for diocesan placements and religious orders. Among these vocations was Karol Jozef Wojtyla who became a diocesan priest and eventually the pope! St. John Paul II even credits Jan Tyranowski for helping him discover his vocation. By answering his own call to holiness Jan Tyranowski is now on the path to becoming a canonized saint as well! He is known in the Catholic Church as Venerable Jan Tyranowski (since 2017)! As St. Therese, La Petite Fleur, says, "Perfection consists in doing His will in being what He wills us to be."
St. Monica & St. Augustine
Likewise I think about St. Augustine whose mother prayed for him unceasingly. St. Monica prayed for son's conversion for nearly 20 years. Thanks to his dear Mother's prayers and God's Providence, St. Augustine had a profound conversion. He would later say, "Give me praying mothers and I will rescue the world." St. Augustine is now a Doctor of the Church and his writings have impacted so many people striving for holiness. For the "prodigal sons" who turned from a life of sin to a life of love and virtue within the Catholic faith, St. Augustine is an amazing saint to turn to. He knew first hand the lure of the world and emptiness of its promises. He also experienced the great joy of turning away from the world, the flesh, and the devil to receive true life in Christ.
His mother's prayers and love did not go unheard or unseen. So to all the mothers out there praying for your children, know that God hears your prayers and knows the desires of your heart. A faithful bishop told St. Monica, "It is not possible that the son of these tears should perish." May we place our trust in God and His good Providence for our children!
St. Peter & St. Andrew
Another saint duo I think about is St. Peter and St. Andrew. I want to share a beautiful excerpt from The Catholic All Year Compendium by Kendra Tierney:
"Andrew's most lasting contribution to the Christian faith was bringing his brother Peter to meet Jesus. Peter's important contributions to the life story of Jesus are well known, as is his selection by Jesus as the first leader of the Church, or pope. A few years after Andrew Peter was crucified - not sideways - but upside down! It's rather symbolic of the way that Peter's accomplishments seem to overshadow Andrew's in every way. But non of what Peter did would have been possible if Andrew hadn't introduced him to Jesus.
The feast of St. Andrew is a great day to think about God's plan for our lives and how little things we do can have a huge impact on other people and on the world!"
The little things that we do out of love for Jesus and our neighbor certainly do not go unseen!
Portion of Profits Donated
Knowing that each person is willed into existence by God who loves us infinitely, I have also decided to donate a portion of my profits to help touch the lives of others. We cannot change the world alone, but together we can impact someone else's life in a special way!
Hello my name is Nina and I am the creator behind Petite Fleur Earrings. Here at my shop I want you to know how special and infinitely loved you are. You were created by God for this specific moment in history and have a very special role to play in God's master plan! “Perhaps you were born for such a time as this” as it says in Esther 4:14. Please allow me to share with you a little bit about myself.
Ever since I can remember I have loved being creative. Now that I think about it my whole family growing up was rather creative. Artists, musicians, chefs, gardeners, all run within my family! I guess you could say that we made the most of our gifts and talents in many different ways. Growing up like this also instilled within me a love for beauty, especially the beautiful souls in my life with all their special gifts, talents, and callings.
I have a special memory that drew me into the depth of beauty and how beautiful God created each human being to be. My best friend and I decided to go to Light Up Night in Pittsburgh, which is a day-long family Christmas festival. I distinctly remember walking down the streets of Pittsburgh around Christmas time with my friend. The sights were magnificent as the streets were filled with sparkly Christmas light displays, glimmering snow, cheerful music, and little markets scattered throughout. After a fun evening downtown my friend and I started walking back to the car as we twisted our way through a sea of people. At one point in our conversation my friend asked me, "Nina, what is the most beautiful thing you saw tonight?" Without hesitating I answered, "Honestly, it is all the beautiful people passing us by." I think we can tend to forget the beauty found within those around us and can often take the times shared with our loved ones for granted.
That being said, one of the greatest gifts God has ever given to me has been my family. I am married to my husband Adam and together we have two daughters, Gianna and Maria. Every single day I learn more about love from my family. It is a great privilege for me to be a stay-at-home mother and it is for them that I created this business. I have dedicated Petite Fleur Earrings to the Most Holy Trinity, the Holy Family, and my own family. I am also in the process of consecrating my small shop to Jesus through Mary!
WHAT INSPIRED ME TO BEGIN
One of my favorite Rosaries is one that was gifted to me from a dear friend. It has red beads for the Hail Marys and clay rose beads for the Our Fathers. My friend got it from Lisieux and gave it to me without knowing that I had said a prayer to St. Therese asking this saint to help me to learn how to pray the Rosary. I was in college at the time and the very next semester a group of girls and I decided to pray a 54-day Rosary novena together. I used my Rosary from Lisieux to pray this special novena and after praying the Rosary for 54 days straight I finally learned the prayers of the Rosary. As I admired this Rosary one day I was inspired to learn how to work with clay because of the rose Our Father beads that were made out of clay. Thus Petite Fleur Earrings was born! My hope is to one day learn how to make Rosaries as well, but for now I am so happy to be creating earrings for you all!