In the Garden of the Soul

Due to travelling and a wedding, I was not able to write a blog post last week. The question is, what were you doing instead of reading my blog? There are many more excellent things to do, and I pray that this blog does indeed inspire you to go and do them: to read a good book, enjoy a beautiful sunset, spend time before the Eucharist, meditate with the Rosary, and engage in good conversation. So I am truly glad you are here, and reading what I, presently—though for you two days ago—am writing for you. And I have something different for you this week: As I asked you what you did instead of reading my blog, I shall share what I did instead of writing it.

Last weekend I was in South Bend, Indiana, and on Friday afternoon I decided to go to Notre Dame university to pray a Rosary. However, I was not sure where to park, and time was running out! In answer to my desire for a beautiful place to pray, Our Lady showed me a rose garden in Leeper Park, called Resurrect the Roses. And it just so happened (Our Lady orchestrated it so) that the meditation I was going to pray with was on St. Thérèse of Lisieux, called the Little Flower. (You can find this wonderful meditation by looking at Holy Family School of Faith’s daily Rosary podcast, and finding the meditation for her Feast day, October 1.) There I was invited by Jesus and Mary into a wonderful, humiliating (this is good, because I am ill with pride), and inspiring conversation in the wondrous beauty of nature. I cannot share our interior conversation—though you can have the same sort, by friendship with Mary and Jesus and by praying the Rosary—but I can share some photos I took of the rose garden. If you share with me some photo and/or description of a place you’ve visited, I will compile them into a blog post to share! Just email christicaritas@icloud.com.

He has made everything beautiful in its time; also he has put eternity into man’s mind, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

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