This blog came about for several reasons. Primarily, I need a creative outlet and something that commits me to writing on a regular basis. My husband’s been telling me for eons I need to start a blog. But I’m not too into all the tech stuff — and I homeschool full time and work from home part-time. So, as you can imagine, online screen time is not high on the priority list. But rediscovering who I am as a writer is. Quite simply, I’m not who I was. I’m relearning what it means to be a Catholic writer, as opposed to simply a writer who is Catholic. For alot of years, it seems to me now, that I used my gift to tear down, or write away, what now is very important to me and is the true source of my gift. Hopefully, in the process of rediscovering my writing life, I’ll be able to contribute in some small way to building up what I worked to tear down.
Just as important, if not more so, one tiny violet is a way for me to find the beauty in daily ordinary things and to share that with others. Sometimes I develop such acute tunnel vision that all I can see is the frenetic cyclone of dust bunnies, cat puke, errands, laundry, grocery lists, traffic, hyper-scheduling, and general noise of life — but then I miss the beautiful things, the moments of grace, that truly come from living in the moment and being present to what is going on around me, present to God’s constant love and action in my life. The question I sincerely seek to explore, but understand I have no hope of answering, is how does one live beautifully, such that one’s life becomes a work of art itself? It seems to me there needs to be a focus on an awareness of, and gratitude for, the beauty in my life. I figured I can’t be the only person who wonders and thinks about these things, and so this is the second reason this blog is born. Hopefully it will be an avenue to connect and share with others.
It is my hope that these two aspects of the blog — creating an authentically Catholic writing life and living an authentically beautiful life — will somehow dovetail and co-exist in a sort of dialogue.
….And what about the name one tiny violet?
I owe that inspiration to my sister in faith, St. Therese of Lisieux. In her autobiography,Story of a Soul, she talks about how each person, each soul, is given unique and special gifts by God to enable them to fulfill their purpose and to please Him. Some are given noticeably extraordinary gifts that garner a great deal of attention; to others, simple ordinary gifts that remain hidden and unnoticed. She writes:
Jesus set before me the book of nature. I understand how all the flowers God has created are beautiful, how the splendour of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not take away from the perfume of the violet or the delightful simplicity of the daisy. I understand that if all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty, and the fields would no longer be decked out with little wild flowers. So it is in the world of souls, Jesus’ garden. He has created smaller ones and those must be content to be daisies or violets destined to give joy to God’s glances when He looks down at His feet. Perfection consists in doing His will, in being what He wills us to be.
I am destined to be a violet — which actually happens to be fantastic because its purple! — and it is my hope that this blog, one more tiny violet, will help me to discover and appreciate more the tiny violets God scatters and strews along my path which invite me to realize my call as a writer, mother, wife, and woman of faith. Join me, won’t you?