A Taste of Kentucky Spring

Spring has been slow in coming, but when it arrived, it came in splendor - perfect for the half of our community who spent this past week on their annual 8-day retreat, in "the desert" with the beloved Bridegroom.  In a little over a week, the other Sisters will have their chance to be "Mary" while the rest serve as "Martha," keeping things running in the temporal realm of the monastery.

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,
the desert shall rejoice and blossom
— Isaiah 35:1 (NRSV)

This renewal of creation, coinciding with our time of spiritual renewal and refreshment, reminds me of the words of the great prophet Isaiah.  For you, here's a little taste of the beauty we've been beholding!

The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm.
If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.
— St. Thérèse of Lisieux