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"She seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if she had surprised a butterfly in the Winter woods"
(edith wharton)


Tuesday, 30 September 2008

tomorrow

October 1st is the Feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux - the little flower..... many years ago, when I decided that Catholicism was the way for me to go, I was told that I needed to choose a Saint's name that I could use for my confirmation name - Therese was one of the most Catholic names that I could think of, so I chose St. Therese, not really knowing alot about her.... I read a few stories about her.. still not really grasping what she was about. And I still don't.... however, she became familiar to me, through the many statues and pictures that seemed to come my way over the years. I never looked for them, but they popped up into my life at the oddest places and times.. so I bought them. Until one day it seemed like I had an obsession with the Saint and I truly had to stop buying more... Sometimes when I would walk in the bush, I would smell roses .. and i immediately thought of her and realized that she was with me, for whatever reason. To give me comfort, support or maybe to let me know that I was never alone....
then I was diagnosed with cancer and I turned to her and begged her to help me.... not really believing that she could, but I was desperate. When I had to go to hospital for part of my treatment, I was allowed to decorate the room for the duration of my stay and I took a large picture of my Saint and hung it on the wall at the foot of my bed and I looked into her eyes as the treatment was given. Gaining strength from her loving eyes... When her relics visited Australia, I lined up for hours just to touch the casket and when i did, it was like I was frozen to the spot. I knew the line should keep moving, but I just could not move. It was like an electrical current was going up through my hands and through my body and it was as if I was in a trance. THAT is the moment that i knew I was healed........

nowadays, I don't follow the Catholic religion, although I still love the traditions... but St Therese is still in my life. I have statues of her on my altars and I light candles in front of her when I meditate.... when I look at her now, I am reminded of my connection to the Divine. I realize that she is with me to help me on my path, wherever it may lead. I feel absolute pure love coming to me from her.

my garden here at Inglewood is absolutely divine at the moment. The ancient apple tree is in full bloom once again, promising yet another bountiful harvest. My potatoes are up, so now is the time to plant the next batch which I hope to do today.

Tomorrow, I am going away for 5 days on the back of the Harley no less! We are riding up the north coast to attend a rally. The best part of the time away will be our ride to Nimbin and Mullumbimby - Hippy Heaven. I cannot wait!!! so dear blogging friends - have a wonderful feast day tomorrow.. will see you when i come home xo

23 comments:

smilnsigh said...

Oh lucky you! To ride the back of a Harley!!! I've always wanted to. Never have.

Enjoy it a bit more, for me! :-)

Gentle hugs,
Miss Mari-Nanci

Tracy said...

You are a brave soul, Robyn! I gave up motorcycle riding because I couldn't get past the fear of making turns. :(

Wendy said...

What a beautiful story. I am glad you had St. Therese's love to help you through your dark days.
Your garden sounds lovely.
Have a good time on your holiday.

Winterwood said...

Oh Robyn, I'd love to go to Nimbin, being an old hippy at heart! Lucky you! see you when you get back. I too touched the casket of St. Therese, and found it as electrifying as you did!

Bimbimbie said...

Hi Robyn, enjoy your bike adventure*!*

Kim said...

Have a lovely trip Robyn, I look forward to reading about it when you get back.

Kim x

tinker said...

It always strikes me as so amazing that our seasons are exactly opposite. Just as your apple trees are putting on blossoms, mine are getting ready to go dormant...Have a fun trip!xo

Sacred Suzie said...

Enjoy your adventure! I am glad the world around you is so beautiful right now. Our leaves are changing, it's very pretty.

Lola Enchanted said...

Hello~


Just stopping by to pay you a visit and to say hello!!!~

Hope your enjoying your day!

Cat said...

Cat's World has moved...

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peppylady said...

Hope you have a wonderful and safe trip.

I don't much about Saints but I recalling that I wanted to be a saint or knight for some reason.

Kathryn Knoll said...

You'll be blessed with St. T's energy and love, I'm sure. God speed! Sr. K

Jacquie said...

I've recently bookmarked your blog and wanted to tell you that upon first entering your blog this morning and beginning to read, especially when gazing on the picture of St. Therese...peace flooded my being. Can't explain why but my goodness, I was blessed.

Hope when you are home and reading this you can report you've enjoyed your 5-day break.

Greetings from the UK...you'll love Cornwall by the way! Another place of pure peace and serenity.

Lady Prism said...

Hello Miss R! St. Therese is a very popular and much loved saint in my country. Her pictures are even in billboards along busy streets.

I haven't passed by for a log time, but I always feel such a pretty energy when I read here. Would you mind if I linked you?

Have a good day!

Fire Byrd said...

I hope you had an amazing trip and have got lots of lovely hippie things to adorn your beloved Saint with

solsticedreamer said...

hope you have a wonderful time lovely :)

you know its funny reading about anything catholic...i was brought up with no religion, left to choose my own path by my wonderful father. then when i found out about my Irish family i wondered about their religion as my nan always told me about her dad's rosary...well recently i finally saw my great great grandparents marriage certificate to discover they were married in a catholic chapel...i wonder what they would have made of me?!

Julie said...

Hi, Robyn,

It seems like a long time since we have connected. I miss you.

I am so glad you are enjoying spring Down Under. We are having fabulous weather and gorgeous fall colors here. I would dub it Indian Summer but technically, that does not happen until after a hard frost, and it has not frozen overnight here once this season.

Much Love, Julie

Monique said...

I hope you are having a wonderfulnd I can't wait to hear your stories when you get back. Have a great time !!

linda may said...

The Nth coast hinterland is a magic green place ,I hope you enjoy your trip.I find it a bit sad though that it is so drug orientated nowdays. You will enjoy the funny little gallerys and shops at Nimbin though.

Sheila said...

I have no doubt St Therese helped you heal Robyn.
We just got back from Myrtle Beach SC, they have a bike rally there each year, but we didn't know it would be that week. I've never seen so many Harleys in my life.
I hope you have fun.

MissKris said...

Just popping in to say hello, I found you on the Goddess blogchain. I hope you had a truely magickal journey.
Maybe you'd like to pop by some time, though it's nothing fancy as I'm yet to master the blog? http://thegigglinggoddess.blogspot.com

MissKris said...

Blessed Be,
I found your blog on the Goddess Blogchain and thought I'd pop by just to say.
I hope your bike ride was truely magickal.
Please feel free to stop by my blog anytime although I must warn you that it is nothing fancy right now as I am yet to master the blog!
http://thegigglinggoddess.blogspot.com

Island Girl Spirit said...

Dear Robyn it is good to "read" you. Like I have shared before I love your spirit. Your blog always brightens my day and I'm also always learning new interesting tidbits . . . The "spring prayer I will definiltly use next spring! . . .
And I understand fully. I haven't been around much these past few months. Because of health issues, my Dad's death, but mostly because it was summer and I was going full tuilt buggy . . . and outside as much as possible. Summer is short and sweet here in Maine.
So I will wait to hear from you, but also respect any, and all, leaves of absence!
Enjoy your Spring! Namaste, Kel