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As we enter the month of October, I always think of a poem we learned in elementary school entitled “October’s Bright Blue Weather.” Even considering the title brings gratitude for living in the Northeast of the USA because of all the natural beauty that we witness as trees put on a colorful show and big pots of fall mums can be seen everywhere. There is a bit of sadness mixed in with the dying down of garden-fresh vegetables and disappearing fields of corn, but the slowing of activity with the shortening of daylight calls to our need for rest. We do well to heed the advice.

Today Christians mark the feast of St. Thรฉrรจse of Lisieux, one of the most revered saints of the Catholic Church. She lived only 24 years, a simple life by all external standards, but is celebrated the world over for her life of love in God. There are many ways to get to know her – many books and commentaries on her life. Today I found a quote of hers that I had never heard before. It speaks to me of her spirituality as well as to the season that is ending and the one we are entering. It is perhaps most appropriate for one whom we know under the title of “The Little Flower.”

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 no longer be enameled with lovely hues. And so it is in the world of souls, Our Lord’s lovely garden.

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