The Little Flower


St. Therese is known as The Little Flower because of a reflection she had about each person’s role in this world. She looked at the flowers around her and noticed that if they were all one type, if the scent was only that of a rose, then the world wouldn’t be nearly as beautiful as it is with the strong scented flowers, the lightly scented flowers, the showy flowers, and the small, delicate flowers.


Each one is needed, and none of them should be jealous or feel less than the others. We each have our part in this world, whether it be “big” or “small”. In fact, Therese’s role was very small and isolated from the world, but the effect of her life has spread beyond where she could ever have imagined. So, we shouldn’t worry that we aren’t doing the same work as someone else, we should be asking if we are doing the work that was made for us. Then we should do it with all the joy and love that we have. It is enough.

“Our Lord has deigned to explain this mystery to me. He showed me the book of nature, and 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 lose its springtide beauty, and the fields would no longer be enameled with lovely hues. And so it is in the world of souls, Our Lord’s living garden.


He has been pleased to create great Saints who may be compared to the lily and the rose, but He has also created lesser ones who must be content to be daisies or simple violets flowering at His Feet, and whose mission it is to gladden His Divine Eyes when He deigns to look down on them. And the more gladly they do His Will the greater is their perfection.” (St. Therese of Liseux, The Story of a Soul)


About Karen May

Child of God, wife, mom, author, teacher, musician
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