A Starlit Garden ~ Art by Charlotte Bird
“Where there is no love, put love and you will find love.” ~ Saint John of the Cross
Whoever first plants the seed in any soil hitherto fallow, and cultivates the shoot with humble toil near steep or shallow…
They will be first to come upon the flower whose instant glory can recreate, in even this trivial hour, the Eden story.
Blessed are they who stand upon their vow and are insistent that love in this bleak here, this barren now become existent.
Blessed are they who battle jest and scorn to keep love growing from embryo immaculately born to blossom showing.
Primarily for them will petals part to draw and win them.
It, when the pollen finds their opened hearts, will bloom within them.
~ A poem by Sister Miriam of the Holy Spirit, O.C.D.
Art by Holly Irwin ‘Country Chapel’
God is in a hurry! The collapse of Western civilization is all around us. We are called to stand still in the midst of chaos, violence, and disorder, as we build a house of love for others in our hearts. The walls inside our hearts are breaking down.
The restoration is speeding up within us.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
Love is the only reality. We have dedicated and consecrated ourselves to gospel love, not human love. This is what our lives are meant to incarnate.
Our primary charism is to love God passionately, and to love and accept ourselves according to our God-given uniqueness. Then we can love one another. Never has it been more important that others touch the reality of God living in, with, and through each of us.
This begins at Mass.
~ Meditations for spiritual pilgrims by Jean Fox, Madonna House Apostolate