Lesson: There are many types of flowers: lilies, roses, daisies. Each one contains its own beauty and fragrance. Some bloom yearlong, others only in the spring, while others bud forth in the heart of the summer’s heat. In pondering the lessons of nature, Sister Thérèse stated the following:
I understood that every flower created by [God] is beautiful, that the brilliance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not lessen the perfume of the violet or the sweet simplicity of the daisy. I understood that if all the lowly flowers wished to be roses, nature would lose its springtide beauty, and the fields would no longer be enamelled with lovely hues.
Thérèse also understood “that God’s Love is made manifest as well in a simple soul which does not resist His grace as in one more highly endowed.” Not everyone could be a rose; otherwise, the diversity of souls would be lost and the unique beauty of each would not stand out, manifesting the beauty of God in its own unique way.
Some souls are like “field flowers.” These lowly and simple flowers reveal a particular charism in that God shows His infinite greatness by stooping down from Heaven to bestow His grace upon them. It is through these simple and humble souls that God’s profound love is made most evident.
Most people are created by God to be simple and hidden among the masses. But God sees the beauty of every soul He creates, even if the world fails to perceive it. Each “flower” is radiant to Him, and He chooses to descend to each soul He has created so as to manifest His glory through them.
Reflection: At times we all feel as if we are unimportant. We lose focus on the uniqueness of our own lives and fail to see our own inner beauty that was placed there by God Himself.
Know that God has descended to you and desires to bring forth the beauty of your soul. Know that you delight Him and He sees you, loves you, and accepts you as His little child. Your soul becomes truly beautiful the more fully you embrace His perfect will, in small and great ways.
Accept who you are and become who you were made to be by allowing yourself to become conformed to His perfect will. In doing this, you will shine forth as the beautiful “flower” you were made to be.
Dear Little Flower, Saint Thérèse, I thank you for your simplicity and humility. Thank you for the example you set forth when you allowed the great Almighty God to descend into your soul and shine forth in radiant beauty for all to see. Pray for me, that I may also open my soul to the glory of God and allow Him to live within me, shining forth for all to see. Saint Thérèse, pray for us.