We have renamed these beautiful flowers
after St. John of the Cross’ poem.
They arrive on time for all the great Carmelite feasts in July!
They blend beautifully with the Orange Blossom and Poppies to provide fitting flower arrangments for the Chapel and house.
Our soft fruit provided rich pickings again this year
and the home-made elderflower cordial
has helped quench the thirst
of yet another hot summer!
Spirit of God – drawing forth the beauty of Creation to delight us – may this beauty refresh our hearts and souls!
We are doing our best to keep the bees in our midst!
Although we are unable to look after hives ourselves at present;
in our wild-life friendly grounds, we are providing accommodation for some
bees of the Beekeeper Club of Ballyhaunis, about seven miles down the road.
It is wonderful for us to be able to have bees around again
without the worry of swarms getting ready to flee the hive
just as the bell goes for Evening Prayer of Corpus Christi or the Sacred Heart!
The variety of flowers, wild and ‘tame’ delight us.
and our rabbits are out and about with their young!
March / April 2019
– Alas! some (seemingly) never-ending ‘flu
bugs are still with us
and our Nature Notes are
being unattended to at the moment.
The wind coming from the Atlantic
is wild, loud and ‘mighty’ (as we say in Mayo)
and our hearts go out to all
those sufferings from extreme weather of all sorts.
We continue to feed the many birds around the garden and their antics are a constant joy to us.
‘And just like that – Summer fell into Fall!’
The Autumn leaves are pilgrims
Scurrying after the winds that toss them
Through the sky, and I, a pilgrim
Caught by the Spirit’s breath would fly
Heavenwards in glorious flight –
Poem for the feast of St. Teresa of Jesus by Sr. Teresa of the Trinity, Carmel of Terre Haute
An Autumn sky from our grounds
The beauty of Autumn is all around us and we can see what St. John of the Cross means
when he tells us: ‘God created all things with remarkable ease..
and in them He has left some trance of who he is.’
May we all take time to refresh our spirits
with the beauty of nature
and may the lord give us eyes
to see the beauty in each other. Amen
September 1st. is World Day of Prayer for all Creation.
It raises our awarness of the fact of humanity’s stewardship of this Earth.
God has provided enough for everybody’s need
but our greed has upset the balance and
the Earth groans with the wounds of our misuse.
” Each creature has its own purpose.
None is superfluous.
The entire material universe speaks of God’s love,
God’s boundless affection for us.
Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were,
a caress of God.” –
Some Memories of Summer!
Our grounds looked lovely as the flowers and trees flourished in the heat
We had bumper crops of raspberries and goosberries – so it was ‘All hands on deck’ – or at lest on the berries!
Our herb garden and Sister herbalist keeps us supplied with herbal teas.
We really appreciated the thirst-quenching elderflower cordial her enthusiastic apprentices made for us during the heatwave.