My Beloved, you are the author of all seasons. At the arrival of each one, you leave your footprints in my garden.
Now, is the glorious season of autumn. Here where I live, in this beautiful North, the majestic beauty of your touch is everywhere to be seen.
The precious gift of your presence is always a special grace in my garden.
My Beloved, my flowers are still in bloom despite the late night cold breeze. But the maple tree is already showing the vibrant hues of red and orange leaves.
Oh! Blessed Lord! The birds always welcome your divine presence in my garden, they whisper in my ear that your gentle steps are approaching, and I know you are near calling me to come to your presence and rest awhile.
Autumn, this glorious season of change, is also of transformation and beauty. I can sense your gentle presence within me, transforming and revealing within my soul new insights illuminated by your precious light, leading me in my own journey of self-discovery and towards you.
Beloved of mine, how I long for these moments of being in your holy presence! Quietly listening to you, awakening my heart.
Your voice I seek, your warmth I crave, you give me an abundance of unconditional love.
Thank you, my Jesus!
Oh! My Rabboni, I love you! I want to live to love you! Each and every day and night of my life. Let us walk together along this path in my fall garden. This tender precious moments I’ll always treasure within my heart and soul.
Let me embrace you, my Beloved, with endless love and gratitude forever!
Every first Friday of the month we have Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament in my Parish. The first Friday of every month is also dedicated to the devotion of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Today at Eucharistic Adoration I was inspired during prayer to write this reflection and poem.
Beloved, I’m searching for You and I can’t find You anywhere around my garden.
I’m shouting Your Holy Name
Yeshúa! Yeshúa! Yeshúa! And I find no answer. I look and look everywhere and nothing! There is no trace of You.
I keep walking and find a path that leads me to the base of the mountain. I look up the hill and I begin to sense Your presence.
I feel that You’re inviting me to climb, so I begin to ascend up the mountain, I’m so eager to meet with You, my Beloved.
Despite my tiredness and pain I continue on the journey. Then suddenly I see You approaching me, I can begin to see Your full figure with Your white spotless tunic, I can see the contour of Your hair but I can’t see Your face, and You know what I’m thinking about… Then suddenly, You begin to talk to my heart, “Not yet my beloved child, not yet.” “You can’t see my face now.” “But come and see my hands and my feet.”
As I get closer to You, I lay down to Your feet and caress it lovingly, then I can see they are bleeding from the old wounds. I say nothing! I can’t talk, I have no words. I feel only sorrow. Then, as I rise and hold Your hands, they are also bleeding from the old wounds.
I break down in tears, there are no words between us, only a sacred silence. Then, I see Your side where Your Divine Heart is, and I can see drops of red blood beginning to soak Your spotless garment. I do not know what to do! I’m at a loss for words! I stand still…
Then, You gently speak to my heart once more. It was Heart to heart… “My beloved child, I’m still suffering greatly. My wounds can never be closed. They continue to be open for all. I bleed out of love and for love. I feel Your pain and the pain of every creature on earth. Console My Suffering Heart, console it.”
How, my Beloved Lord? How?
“Loving Me, loving Me in all and in everyone.”
~ My Personal Reflection
“There is in the Sacred Heart the symbol and express image of the infinite love of Jesus Christ which moves us to love in return.” Pope Leo XIII
I find You everywhere in the splendor of the day. I find You in the trees and in the gentle movement of the leaves. I find You in the breeze of the summer afternoon by the bay. I find You in the beauty of the sunset. I find You in the love and care of good friends.
I find You in the beauty of the monarch butterfly flying carefree searching for the sweet nectar of each flower. I find You in the sunlight that passes through the green leaves. I find You in the beauty of the scenery of this country road. I find You in the joyful songs of your happy birds… I find You in the hummingbirds, blue jays, and woodpeckers.
My heart is overflowing with love for Your creation. Oh Beloved, your grace is sufficient for me. I find Your beauty everywhere in the splendor of the day.
These days at the cottage with dear friends
and the blessings of each hour enjoying each other’s company.
Sharing meals together. Our early evening swim at the bay, admiring Your beautiful sky and all the cloud formations.
Bike riding after so long…Thank you Lord Jesus for making my body strong again.
There is so much to give You thanks my Beloved! Your Bread of Life I received on Sunday Mass at the Martyr’s Shrine.
My heart is so full of gratitude.
And how can I forget about the starry nights, the sky is Your canvas. I find You in the sounds of nature, the crickets chirping at night and the birds at dawn. They wake me up with their sweet melody.
Thank you! Thank you, my Beloved! for I find Your grace in the splendor of the day.
~ My Personal Reflection
All photos are taken by me from the beautiful area of Georgian Bay, Ontario ❤ in August 2018
I just got back from Varadero, Cuba. My husband and I went for a week’s vacation to the pristine beaches of the Caribbean sea. The resort we stayed at was very close to an ecological reserve and our room was located close to this beautiful gem of nature. Every morning the beautiful birds would be waking us up chirping in the blue sky and lasting all throughout the day like praising the Creator for all his goodness and love.
We saw many kinds of beautiful butterflies and little colourful iguanas among the tall palm trees. What a delight to the eyes and the senses. After breakfast we would walk to the beach and as we approached it, we saw the beautiful crystal clear turquoise sea’s gentle waves washing away the white sand. The view felt like it was taken from a very fine photograph. We felt so blessed to have experienced those days surrounded by God’s beautiful creation in the place we loved the most…the sea.
Sunsets were so amazing diffusing so many different shade of colours in the sky. It was truly a golden hour. As I always say: God indeed is an artist!
We had the amazing opportunity to go in a catamaran to see the dolphins in the open ocean close to the beautiful island of Cayo Blanco. What a surreal experience. I couldn’t contain my tears from flowing as I interacted and swam with these beautiful angels of the sea. It was a long time dream of mine.
And I can’t forget the flowers! They were all so beautiful and full of rich colours shining towards the bright sun. We met amazing people and made new friends. I love Cuban people, they have a beautiful heart.
And the food…was simply amazing! Especially the fruits. They are blessed with so many different varieties of fruits like mangoes, papaya, pineapple and guava; these were among my favourites. We ate a lot of seafood and it was very tasty and so fresh. We loved it!
We are so grateful and thankful for experiencing moments of grace in those blessed days. Those memories will be with us for the rest of our lives. Thank You Lord for the amazing gift of life and your beautiful creation and for meeting new friends. It’s all a blessing.
Thank you for reading! Always take the time to enjoy nature wherever you are and be aware of those moments of grace ❤
That God made birds is surely in His favor. I write them as His courtesies of love. Hidden in leaves, they offer me sweet savor of lightsome music; when they streak above my garden wall they brush my scene with color.
They are embroideries upon the grass. I write the gayest stitched-in blossoms duller than birds which change their patterns as I pass.
I nurse a holy envy of St. Francis who lured the birds to nestle at his breast. Yet I am grateful for this one which dances across my lawn, a reckless anapest.
Subjects for gratitude push up my living praise to a sum that tempts the infinite; but birds deserve one whole psalm of thanksgiving and these words are my antiphon for it.
~ A Poem by Sister Miriam of the Holy Spirit (Jessica Powers), O.C.D.
I entered into the dim lit chapel and there you are sitting with your beloved holy child in your arms. I sat nearby and began to pray, then you turned your gaze to me and invited me to enter into your sacred and tender heart.
Oh Mother of Carmel, your brown habit and your blessed baby’s white spotless tunic, so beautiful and pure. Am I dreaming? Am I awake? This precious moment by your side, in your presence. I can’t help but to reflect on your life with your divine baby, Jesus. In your arms cuddling with you, while you tenderly and carefully took care of him and his needs.
How many times a day would you have contemplated his holy face? I’m sure you were mesmerized by his sweetness and gentleness. Those tender moments of intimate bonding with you and Joseph—those days living with him, watching him grow and play happily in your sacred space, being safe in your holy home.
And when evening came, I can picture Joseph resting peacefully in his bed watching you both cuddle with each other while getting ready to sleep. How many prayers did you recite him? Did you talk to him about his Abba?
And at dawn, your precious child waking up in your arms and looking at your motherly loving eyes. Your face was his first sight after his peaceful and restful night as he encountered the look of love. Then, after you fed him, you wrapped him in your arms and embraced him so close to you with so much tenderness and profound love that your hearts were beating as one.
All those precious moments, you pondered in your heart. So blessed, such intimate moments with God’s Son. Oh, Mother most holy! How was your heart keeping it all together? Filled with so much love and wonder!
Then, Jesus grew into a beautiful and gentle child. Always by your side and Joseph’s. So eager to learn the things of his Father. Those quiet and silent years of solitude and communion together as a holy family in Nazareth. Living together in pure contemplation. Those moments of intimate conversations and prayer at home, the three of you.
Then, comes that fateful trip to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover—How many times you travelled that route, but this time was different. On your way back, you and Joseph realized that your beloved child wasn’t there in the caravan with the group. The anguish that you both must have felt. I could only imagine. Those terrible days searching for him everywhere and not finding Jesus. Till you went to the Temple, and found him there talking with the elders and scribes. In his Father’s house.
Oh holy Mother! What did your heart understand at that moment? What did God the Father reveal to you and Joseph? And Jesus telling you— He’s doing the things of his Father—preparing for his mission ahead. Did you understand the enormity of it? Did your heart receive the gift of detachment then? To surrender your Son to his Father totally?
How difficult this must have been for you! You trust in God and you ponder all these things in your heart. Teach me Mother of love, to ponder the things of God in my heart, to trust Him completely, to seek God’s will alone in my life.
Holy Mother of Carmel, and Mother of mine, this is my prayer: May our hearts always learn to trust in the Lord. May our hearts always learn to love God more and more. May we always live to love Him for ever more.
As I leave the Chapel, I gaze at your loving eyes Blessed Mother and I thank you for this encounter and for this special moment of grace. To God be all the glory!
“Come,” says my heart, “seek God’s face”; your face, Lord, do I seek! Psalm 27
My Beloved, My heart yearns for your gaze. Your presence reveals this yearning in me.
It is so necessary to gaze upon you, O Lord When I’m here in your presence. Your gaze heals me and comforts me,
Your healing power transforms me and renew me.
To contemplate your face, Beloved, is all I seek.
You are the gaze of love. Your peace I yearn and desire. Your friendship, is all I want and all I need in order to live in this exile.
O Beloved, My heart cannot contain your beauty when You gaze at me With so much tenderness and infinite love. I want to live for these precious moments of intimacy with You.
You embrace me with so much delicacy, and I feel so loved. O Lord, I feel so calm and whole in your presence. You hold my hand and I feel your guidance and affirmation, Knowing that You are constantly in me and with me.
You bless me Lord. I need you Lord, like oxygen to my lungs. Like sight to my eyes. Like food to sustain my body. Like light to illuminate my mind and soul.
You are my all, Beloved. May I live in You all the days of my life and forever.
My Beloved, May I console Your heart? Sadness and weariness are so palpable in this encounter. Is it necessary that You go through all those moments of suffering and anguish for me? The anguish of Your precious heart, O Lord, breaks me. It’s happening all over again…
You are only loving and giving. How can this be happening? I don’t want to fall asleep my Jesus. I want to stay awake, to console Your precious heart, like the angel from heaven did in those dark days.
Would You allow me to be in Your presence now, Lord? I know You need to pray to your Father. For his strength and courage will be upon You. But Lord, I pray, allow me to remain with You now. In silence and in communion. Your tears are overflowing and my garden is wet from those precious tears… Your tears are cleansing and healing everything.
O Beloved Jesus, Thank You for loving me with such infinite and unconditional love. I can’t express in words how much gratitude I feel for You saving me.
Beloved, let us pray together. Let us stay in this silent union of love and trust, That all is in the Father’s heart.
I stay awake. Let us be together. Let us pray together, my Beloved.
My Beloved is night time in my garden. I feel so weary. I come here to be with You. To be in your presence. I need to rest in your precious heart, a place where I find all consolation and peace. I need to be wrapped around your arms and feel whole once again. Oh Blessed Jesus,
thank You for coming to be with me in my garden at night.
Beloved, at times the path gets so foggy and it seems uncertain where I’m stepping. It is so dark sometimes, that I can hardly see. I guess the way towards light and truth is filled with some dark spots, and that is why I need to be close to You in those moments.
Oh my Beloved friend and teacher, at times I feel tired and hopeless in this narrow path towards holiness. It is an arduous road till I caught a glimpse of You along the way and everything transforms and becomes new and alive in me. Your peace fills me and brings me trust and consolation.
Lord, why do I feel so discourage if I know that You are my faithful companion along the way? Why is so difficult Blessed Lord? This path is difficult but knowing that I’m walking by your side, all fog and confusion is dispelled.
Oh my Blessed Jesus, giver of life and love, allow me to be as close as I can to You. When darkness sets in, your light is a refreshing balm of peace and assurance that all is well and will be well. Lord, I know this is part of growing into You. All those growing pains are making me whole. I can go on in this journey only if You meet me here and instruct me and encourage me on the way.
Sweet Jesus, strengthen my mind, body and soul to continue in my journey towards wholeness and inner freedom, a journey that You invited me to trod next to You long time ago.
My Beloved, you transform my night into day. My inner noise into quiet calm. You bring hope and light into any difficult moment. Your presence is all healing. Your gentleness is all I need. Divine friend and lover of my soul, stay with me, I pray.
May your light and inspiration be always within me. May your love and peace filled me
day by day, night by night. My Rabonni, my God and my all. Thank You for coming to our meeting place,
is night but soon will be day.