The Book of Nature

It has been a month since Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow thus predicting six more weeks of winter. It has been a relatively mild winter for the Northeast, nonetheless, I’m sure most of us are still waiting impatiently for the first signs of Spring.

As we await the budding of new Spring flowers, we are reminded that St. Therese masterfully utilized the book of nature and fields of flowers to illustrate an important spiritual truth. She had always wondered why there was such a diversity of people and why people did not receive an equal amount of grace from God. She realized that if fields were only bedecked with even the most beautiful flowers such as roses (which she equated with great souls), Springtime would lose its multicolored artistry. The little wildflowers (simple souls) such as daisies and violets contributed greatly to the colors and diversity as God looks down upon the field of souls.

In this analogy of the fields of flowers, St. Therese drives home the point that all of us, no matter what our level of intelligence, abilities, or talents add greatly to the beauty of the world and have something to contribute. St. Therese even goes so far as saying that,”Our Lord’s love is revealed as perfectly in the most simple soul who resists His grace in nothing as in the most excellent soul” (Story of A Soul, p. 14).

The key to personal growth and holiness then is to not resist the grace that God gives us so that He may bring our full potential to fruition. It is comforting to know that we need only to use the gifts and talents that God has given us to the best possible use for ourselves, our families, our world, and our God.

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