Sabbath Moments

May 4, 2013

Awareness of God

Awareness of God

Welcome to the meme of encountering God and resting in Him hosted by Colleen at Thoughts on Grace.

Spring planting

We had such beautiful weather for several days this week that I was able to get all the veggies planted in the Earthboxes® and the ground. One of my homeschooling students helped me because I am so much weaker this year and the pain levels rise quicker. We enjoyed the sunshine, fresh air, and getting our hands dirty. My little helper is quite competent and cheerful. We are trading my working with her on writing skills for yard assistance and it’s a great swap.

When I return to water exercise I hope to improve my stamina, but for now, if I can get 8 seedlings in the ground at a time before crashing that’s great.

Thursday night and Friday the snow and rain came, but the temperature didn’t go to freezing so all the plants survived and seem quite happy with the generous moisture. Iris and clematis buds are forming, and tulips with various shades of pink are in full bloom. The dwarf blueberry bushes are blooming and will soon form berries which I will have to protect from the birds.

Gardening is always a reminder that God is near and He is generous.

Pope Pictures

Robert Moynihan, publisher of Inside the Vatican, sends out free e-letters reporting on various events at the Vatican.  This week we had the unprecedented event of Pope Emeritus Benedict arriving at the Monastery on Vatican grounds and being greeted by Pope Francis. However many years we will be blessed with these two great Popes living on earth nobody knows, but whenever I see photos of them together I think immediately of fraternal charity. If our eyes could see the love radiating from both of these men I believe we would be blinded.  Here are some pictures from Moynihan’s letters:

Pope Francis greets Pope Emeritus Benedict at monastery


Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict pray together in monastery chapel


I’m sure, even if we don’t see it, the two will pray together often in this chapel.  Don’t you think it would be great if our world political leaders would spend time on their knees often like these two popes? Imagine if photos of them doing this were released.  What a stir that would make!

St. Monica

Today is the feast of the mother of St. Augustine. She prayed for many, many years for his conversion. Shortly after Augustine got straight with the Church through the help of St. Ambrose, St. Monica died at Ostia on the way back to Africa.  If you have family and friends who have fallen away from the Church, ask St. Monica for help and never give up praying.  You could be the cause behind a great saint of the future.

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Saturday, May 4th, 2013 Sabbath Moments

8 Comments to Sabbath Moments

  1. Beautiful reflection and photos this week, Barbara. Thanx.

    God bless.
    Victor S E Moubarak recently posted..The Good Samaritan – Modern Version

  2. Victor S E Moubarak on May 4th, 2013
  3. Love the photos. So awesome. I think they will pray together often too. Very moving to see.
    I am sorry about your decreased stamina, but glad you have a helper! I know you love your garden.
    Thanks for joining me for Sabbath Moments!

  4. colleen on May 4th, 2013
  5. no wonder we click- I love gardening

  6. motherofnine9 on May 4th, 2013
  7. It must be something in the genes. My dad grew up as the middle of 9 kids and the family had a huge back yard garden in Minnesota. My maternal grandmother was known for her flower garden. People would drive for miles just to see it. Gardening is a huge stress reducer and a wonderful family activity.

  8. barb on May 5th, 2013
  9. Ah, yes. St. Monica. Never gave up praying, hoping and trusting. She is a great role model . . and one of whom we ought to request prayers for our loved ones.
    rmaffeo recently posted..God in the Shadows

  10. rmaffeo on May 5th, 2013
  11. “Gardening is always a reminder that God is near and He is generous.” That says allot about the beauty of gardening, the gift of life. Glad you have the help to garden. We plan to get out in the next couple days and get ours rolling as well.

  12. michaelmaedoc on May 6th, 2013
  13. I’m so sorry you are experiencing such pain and weakness, though you do sound like quite the trooper. We did know this of you, though. The garden is a good place to watch God at work. I pray He work miracles in your soul as you grow in His garden of suffering. God did choose a garden for His agony.

  14. joann on May 7th, 2013
  15. Joann, your last sentence is a most consoling thought.

  16. barb on May 7th, 2013


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