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Get Inspired to Make Your Own Mary Garden

"I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys." (Song of Solomon 2:1) Since ancient times it has been common feature of monasteries and convents to have enclosed gardens as a reflective place of retreat. It served as a little oasis away from community life in which to think, read, sit, walk, and…

The Virgin Martyrs as Models of Purity

…and purity in angry rage. Then Maria appeared to him in a dream, gathering lilies in a beautiful garden. Bathed in divine light, she turned to him and handed him the flowers. He understood instantly that each lily was a wound he had inflicted upon her, and she forgave him completely. She repeated…

Fear Not the Night: St. John of the Cross and Spiritual Darkness

…life (the Carmelites had not yet regained many of the sacrificial practices by which the order is well known today). He became a priest and then considered joining the Carthusians, but an encounter with Teresa of Avila, and her vision of reforming the Carmelites, changed his mind. John decided to…