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The Feast of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux by Jennifer Hubbard

A gust of wind shook the trees, kissed my cheeks, and left an onslaught of leaves tumbling to the ground. A single leaf, though, in a slow graceful descent, captured my attention. It is a moment that would have stopped my little one in her tracks. It was the same with the tiny crocuses that dare the earth to deny their march across the thawing lawn, or fireflies that flicker during lazy summer nights. I consider it now and realize that my little one sounded the horn and celebrated the fulfillment of doing what one was created to do.

My little one’s wonderment pointed me to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the beautiful “Little Flower of Jesus.” It is this saint’s wisdom and grace that assure me the promises of my heavenly Father are true and real. Beauty, love, and life are not defined by the magnitude of accomplishment or the extent of effort exerted. Rather, beauty, love, and life are found by living in the truth for which one is created and revealed when that purpose is offered for the means for which it was created. Surely it is true, “If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness” (Thérèse of Lisieux). Surely it is the same with God’s beloved children; surely if we live authentically, sharing our gifts as they are intended, then we too offer a moment of wonder and awe, beauty and love. And so, in a moment of awe, I am reminded of who I am and the role I play: beautifully created by the Father, of the Father, for the Father.

 

Jennifer Hubbard resides in Newtown, Conn. The younger of her two children, Catherine Violet, was a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.