Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Feast Day

Today is St. Therese of Lisieux's Feast Day.

Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face

Therese, the Little Flower


St. Therese

Some of the most profound lines from Story of a Soul are written in the first pages. The writing is simply beautiful.

"Jesus deigned to teach me this mystery. He set before me the book of nature; I understood how all the flowers He has created are beautiful, how 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. 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 Lillie's 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 that which He will us to be."

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