Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Spirituality Cafe

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Spirituality Cafe

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ALL WET. "Our greatest work in the garden is not to produce something but to remain open to the invitation to love. Using the garden metaphor to illustrate our increasing cooperation with God's love, Teresa of Avila describes different ways of watering a garden. Her options of drawing water from a well, using an aqueduct, or simply allowing the rain to provide nourishment for the garden correspond to stages of our participation in God's love....

"I love to watch the rain dance on the earth and caress the leaves of plants. The silent act of rain is pure gift. Thomas Merton refers to it somewhere as a 'festival.' How often I have enjoyed the freshness of morning dew, the smell of wet humus, the mirror wet of a glistening stone path, find the small rivulets that etch their way through the garden. Mystics like John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Julian of Norwich remind us that we are watered gardens, generously nourished with love." (From "Garden Solitude" by Wayne W. Simsic, in Weavings, January/February 2001)

IN THIS SEASON. To kick off a special "Internet edition" of Spirituality Cafe, a classic quote attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is October 4: "Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words." (For easy access to the writings of Saint Francis, visit www.franciscanarchive.org.)

And from Franciscan Richard Rohr: "Saint Bonaventure, who is called the second founder of the Franciscan Order, took Francis' intuitive genius and made it into an entire philosophy. 'The magnitude of things clearly manifests the wisdom and goodness of the triune God, who by power, presence, and essence exists uncircumscribed in all things' (The Soul's Journey to God, 1 & 14). 'God is within all things but not enclosed; outside all things, but not excluded; above all things, but not aloof; below all things, but not debased' (v. …

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