“Have we learned the buttercup’s lesson yet? Are our hands off the very blossom of our life? Are all things – even the treasures that He has sanctified – held loosely, ready to be parted with, without a struggle, when He asks for them?”
~ Lilias Trotter (Parables of the Cross)


What is this lesson of the buttercup? Once again, Lilias masterfully uses nature to capture a spiritual reality, causing us to ponder old truths in new ways. The buttercup is our vehicle of pondering, this fourth Sunday of Lent: “The lesson of the buttercup is a gentle one…a gradual movement from tight control, to conditional release, to full abandonment. It is a lesson of trust.”

For further reflection on this Lilias quote, visit biographer Miriam Rockness’s blog post: Lesson of the Buttercup.

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