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Saturday, October 1, 2016

October is Here!

Happy October! As the bulletin board in the background of the photo atop this blog entry states, "LEAVES FALL IN OCTOBER," so enjoy the foliage while you can. Oktoberfests also occur in this month, which ends with Halloween. During this time of year, a cast of characters usually come to spend time in the succulent garden that I have in my kitchen, as well as the armoire that I have in my main living area.

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 todayI 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.

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.
Once upon a time, I was told that if one accidentally comes upon a single rose, it was a sign that he/she was about to receive a blessing from the intercession of St. Thérèse. 

My faith in these types of beliefs is lukewarm at best, however, I'd still welcome any intercession for myself, for those dear to me as well as for those not so dear to me, and for the betterment of our world. And meanwhile, dear reader, here's wishing you a blessed October!

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