2.24.2010

Little Flowers


I have really been enjoying my second read of St. Therese Lisieux's autobiography, Story of a Soul. It seems there are so many tidbits of spiritual truths and inspiration for me and for my daughters. Grasshopper has always loved the name Teresa (as we pronounce it) and this Saint especially. Since I have been filling in some of the details of St. Therese's great and simple life, Grasshopper seems to be even more interested in things having to do with prayer and our beliefs. This is a great spiritual step for my little seven year old who, at times, seems to hold all things of faith at arms length.

My first re-discovery of St. Therese is in her name the "Little Flower." This name has a story behind it that I love and that is so appropriate for my little daughter because of her love of flowers and gardening. It never really occurred to me, at least in a memorable way, why St. Therese is called, "Little Flower" until I read what she wrote about Jesus' garden of souls:

“...all the flowers [Jesus] has created are beautiful...the splendor 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...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.”

Isn't that beautiful? Go ahead, take the time to read it again! Plus it's on the left side of this blog if you'd like to return to it later...

Grasshopper has always loved wildflowers as well, so this spring and summer we plan to discover and discuss as many flowers as we see. We will try to press some and just "get to know" the flowers in our area (something we've done every year since she was three anyway...she has already relocated her "Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest" book for our project). Then, in the fall, on the Feast of St. Therese, we will prayerfully pick a flower that best suits our spiritual selves. My hope is that on this quest, Grasshopper and I will start to see ourselves as souls in Jesus' garden as St. Therese describes.

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