Saturday, October 01, 2005

The Day of the Little Flower

Today's the Feast Day of St. Therese of Lisieux, who was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1997 by Pope John Paul II.

In her spiritual autobiography Story of A Soul St. Therese describes the path of holiness as being a path of love for the Lord, with humility guiding us.

"Jesus set the book of nature before me and I saw that all the flowers he has created are lovely. The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. I realized that if every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness and there would be no wildflowers to make the meadows gay.

It is just the same in the world of souls - which is the garden of Jesus. He has created the great saints who are like the lilies and the roses, but he has also created much lesser saints and they must be content to be the daisies or the violets which rejoice his eyes whenever he glances down. Perfection consists in doing his will, in being that which he wants us to be.

Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be - and becoming that person."

That prayer. Is there anybody alive right now who could not relate to it?