Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Wednesday Woman: St. Therese
Thank God we’re all different. St. Therese helps me appreciate this well-known yet often forgotten reality.
In her short life of some 24 years, St. Therese admits struggling with the comparison game, wondering “why the good Lord has preferences….”
Then, God shows her --through none other than the flowers of nature -- to appreciate our differences. She writes:
I have come to realize, that the radiance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not take away the fragrance of the little violet or the delightful simplicity of the daisy.
St. Therese’s words are indeed fragrant, especially for women (and especially for mothers!) who often feel inferior to one another.
Some of you are brilliant roses. You are bold and beautiful. You have a strong aroma and a zeal for life that few can match! You’re the kind of woman that everyone wants to invite to a party because it won’t be complete without you.
Others of you are white lilies. You are kind and pure. You are always serving other people and often put others before yourself. You’re the kind of woman that throws a party for your friends – although you’re often content to be in the background, allowing the roses to be the center of attention!
And still others are simple daisies. You are steadfast and loyal. You are the kind of woman who, because of your common sense and simplicity, is an example to all of us -- a rock for others in time of need. What would we do without you?
St. Therese concludes it best:
[P]erfection consists in being what God wants us to be.
I don’t necessarily want to be a rose, a lily, or a daisy. Instead, I want to be the woman God created –the fragrant flower that will blossom when the season is right.
Aren’t you glad we’re all different?