It's only the first of the month, and fifty-six of them have already arrived! A fraction of them can be seen in the pictures below, in images that were taken in bygone times. I plan to post new photos of them with updated stories when we get closer to Halloween.
However leaves falling in October, Octoberfests, and Halloween are not the only happenings in this month, for it is a month filled with days of saints, including the feast day of St. Thérèse de Lisieux. She is the saint who is often referred to as "The Little Flower," and her feast day is today! I thought of her this morning, as I was in my rooftop garden, where I was reflecting on the fact that I had moved into my apartment twenty-four years ago today, and what a blessing it is for me to live in NYC this form of paradise!
This prompted me to think of one of St. Thérèse de Lisieux's quotes which is this: "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." I am sorry to say that I barely have even a fraction of the faith that St. Thérèse de Lisieux was known to possess. Her picture hangs above my desk as a reminder of her wisdom.