This winter-hardy cactus is Opuntia, sometimes called prickly pear cactus. Its fruits and paddles are edible!
Late summer fruit, Opuntia pears
And the man that keeps the 95 acres growing (and the garden society’s resident hero)!
All Images by Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB. All rights reserved.
Groundskeeper, Tim Simon
St. Francis Retreat Center
Along a dappled woodlands path at St. Francis Retreat Center, DeWitt, Michigan. Images by Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB. All rights reserved.
Sacrifice is not about giving up things. As Fr. Cameron wrote, it is about doing whatever we can to generate as much love as we can…it is the way we eagerly adjust our lives so that our greatest desires for love come true.
(Father Peter John Cameron, OP. Jesus, Present Before Me; Meditations for Eucharistic Adoration, Servant Books, 1991, p.34)
The true beauty of a flower comes when it reaches full bloom, and that takes time. Our lives open up slowly in God’s hands, and in time we too become a beautiful reflection of the Creator.
Your most fundamental obedience to God may be acceptance of yourself – yourself as you are, with all your particular strengths and weaknesses, your gifts and limitations, all the baggage you carry from your remote and immediate past, all that your life has made you. This person is what God wants, and you must want it too; but such obedience is not a static program, because it (also) means consenting to become through God’s grace the person he wants you to become.
The Oblate Life, p. 174, Maria Boulding
(Why Equus Passage)