Mary Pedersen notes that Father's Day is a time to recall how noble it is for a father to live a simple life of loving and protecting his family.
I was asked to share my thoughts on Mary Gardens. I never had a Mary Garden. I desired to have one but instead had to be content with having a Joseph Garden.
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Today’s readings caused me to think about being vigilant in our faith life and at times regaining our spiritual balance. They also brought me back to last week when my Mom and I were walking our dog and came upon a neighbor who lost her balance and suddenly hopped out of her sandals. I offered to help and as she steadied herself using my arm as a support, our dog, Erin, gave a warning bark.
Prayer is the most powerful force in Heaven and on earth. The British poet Tennyson wrote, "More things wrought by prayer than this world dreams of." A little book called "The Way of the Pilgrim" tells how continuous prayer changed the life of a nineteenth-century Russian peasant.
From our porch, we view our little garden and mark its growth. It is consoling to cooperate with nature’s enduring quest for life and fruitfulness. The earth indeed sustains us. The ever-present grace of creation can be found in the silent growth of a small garden.