Archive for July, 2009

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this You will lead my by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust You always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for You are with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

-Thomas Merton
-from Thoughts in Solitude

~Honeysuckle ❤


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Receive the Power

Performed by Guy Sebastian and Paulini this was the official World Youth Day theme for 2008. It brings back so many amazing memories! Will share some a little later. :).

~Honeysuckle ❤

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“For a long time I had wondered why God had preferences, why He did not give the same degree of grace to everyone. I was rather surprised that He should pour out such extraordinary graces on great sinners like St. Paul, St. Augustine and so many others, forcing His grace on them, so to speak. I was rather surprised, too, when reading the lives of the saints, to find Our Lord treating certain privileged souls with the greatest tenderness from the cradle to the grave, removing obstacles from their upward path to Him, and preserving the radiance of their baptismal robe from the stains of sin. Also I wondered why so many poor savages die without even hearing Our Lord’s name. Jesus chose to enlighten me on this mystery. He opened the book of nature before me, and I saw that every flower He has created has a beauty of its own; that the splendor of the rose and the lily’s whiteness do not deprive the violet its scent, nor make less ravishing the daisy’s charm. I saw that if every little flower wished to be a rose, nature would lose her Spring adornments, and the fields would be no longer enameled with their varied flowers.

So it is in the world of souls, the living garden of the Lord. It pleases Him to create great saints, who may be compared with the lilies or the rose; but He has also created little ones, who must be content to be daisies or violets nestling at His feet to delight His eyes when He should choose to look at them. The happier they are to be as He wills, the more perfect they are.

I saw something further; that Our Lord’s love shines out just as much through a little soul who yields completely to His Grace as it does through the greatest. True love is shown in self-abasement, and if everyone were like the saintly doctors who adorn the Church, it would seem that God had not far enough to stoop when He came to them. But He has, in fact, created the child who knows nothing and can only make feeble cries; and the poor savage with only the natural law to guide him; and it is to hearts such as these that He stoops. What delights Him is the simplicity of these flowers of the field, and by stooping so low to them, He shows how infinitely great He is. Just as the sun shines equally on the cedar and the little flower, so the Divine Sun shines equally on everyone, great and small. Everything is ordered for their good, just as in nature the seasons are so ordered that the smallest daisy comes to bloom at its appointed time.”

-St. Therese of Lisieux
Excerpt from Story of a Soul

I have often asked myself these same questions. Upon beginning St. Therese’s book again this part in the very first chapter jumped out at me. Just because some people are great saints (as in canonized ones) does not mean I have to be. I often think it would be amazing to be canonized someday and my ramblings published as an example for the world…such silly thoughts! That is pride creeping in. To be a saint one must strive to please the Lord, not themselves. It reminds me of something St. Jerome once said: “To be a Christian is a great thing, not merely to seem one. And somehow or other those please the world most who please Christ the least. Christians are made not born.”
I can only pray that I may follow St. Therese’s great example! She did not know she would one day be canonized; she merely lived her life -every moment- to please God and to do His will. What an amazing person. If only I had done more to follow her “little way” already! So much time already lost. Lord, please shower your graces on all those who strive to do Your will in everything they do. St. Therese, pray for us!

~Honeysuckle ❤

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Alive Again

Check out Matt Maher’s latest SINGLE! His new album comes out 9.22.09. Here are the lyrics:

I woke up in darkness
Surrounded by silence
Oh where oh where have I gone

I woke to reality
Losing its grip on me
Oh where where have I gone

Cause I can see the light
Before I see the sunrise

You called and You shouted
Broke through my deafness
Now I’m breathing in and breathing out
I’m alive again
You shattered my darkness
Washed away my blindness
Now I’m breathing in and breathing out
I’m alive again

Late have I loved You
You waited for me, I searched for You
What me took me so long

I was looking outside
as if Love would ever want to hide
I’m finding I was wrong

Cause I feel the wind
Before it hits my skin


Cause I want You
Yes I want You
I need You
And I’ll do
Whatever I have to
Just to get through
Cause I love You
Yeah I love You

~Honeysuckle ❤

P.s. I added a new quote in the “Quote of the Day” box on the side. 🙂

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