“I understood that every flower created by Him 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 no longer be enamelled with lovely hues. And so it is in the world of souls, Our lord’s living garden.” – Thérèse de Lisieux.
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (1873 –1897), was a French Carmelite nun. She is also known as “The Little Flower of Jesus” or “The Little Flower.“
Along with St. Francis of Assisi, she is often regarded as one of the most popular saints in the history of the Roman Catholic church.
Born to a religious family she overcame many difficulties, and in 1888 at the age of 15, she became a nun in the Carmelite community of Lisieux, Normandy. She died at the age of 24 from tuberculosis.
But ‘The Story of a Soul’, her autobiography, published a year after her death was widely read and she quickly became one of the most popular saints of the twentieth century. She believed that people did not have to accomplish great deeds to achieve holiness. The ‘little way’ became the foundation of her spirituality. She wrote:
“Love proves itself by deeds, so how am I to show my love? Great deeds are forbidden me. The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love.”