Worth Repeating: A Meditation on the Acceptance of the Self for the Honor and Glory of God

JMJ
St. Therese of Liexeux said it the best.

“I had wondered for a long time why God had preferences and why all
souls did not receive an equal amount of grace […] Jesus saw fit to
enlighten me about this mystery. He set the book of nature before me and
I saw that all the flowers He has created are lovely. The splendour of
the rose and whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its
scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. I realised that if every tiny
flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness and there
would be no wild flowers to make the meadows gay.

It is just the same in the world of souls — which is the garden
of Jesus. He has created the great saints who are like the lilies and
the roses, but He has also created much lesser saints and they must be
content to be the daisies or the violets which rejoice His eyes whenever
He glances down. Perfection consists in doing His will, in being that
which He wants us to be.

I also understood that God’s love shows itself just as well in
the simplest soul which puts up no resistance to His grace as it does in
the loftiest soul. Indeed, as it is love’s nature to humble itself, if
all souls were like those of the holy doctors who have illumined the
Church with the light of their doctrine, it seems that God would not
have stooped low enough by entering their hearts. But God has created
the baby who knows nothing and can utter only feeble cries. He has
created the poor savage with no guide but natural law, and it is to
their hearts that He deigns to stoop. They are His wild flowers whose
homeliness delights Him. By stooping down to them, He manifests His
infinite grandeur. The sun shines equally both on cedars and on every
tiny flower. In just the same way God looks after every soul as if it
had no equal. All is planned for the good of every soul, exactly as the
seasons are so arranged that the humblest daisy blossoms at the
appointed time.”

— St. Thérèse of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul. (New York: Double Day, 2001)

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