Posted by: fvbcdm | March 6, 2012

Feast of Saint John Joseph of the Cross (5 Mar 2012)

We are having a spell of particularly beautiful weather here in Houston these days, and yesterday, my friends took me on a magnificent drive through some of the prettiest residencial sections of the city.  The bright, blue sky, the strong sunshine illuminating everything it touched, the lovely homes and elegantly manicured lawns and gardens—it was a joy just to feast our eyes on all that beauty.  

On the grounds of one of our more affluent hotels we came across a live oak tree that had just put out its new coat of spring growth.  The entire tree was covered with the light green leaves, in contrast with the larger and deeper green of previous growth.  It was a large tree, spreading for yards in all directions, and was simply magnificent.  The words of Our Lord in praise of the spring wildflowers in Galilee came to me as I marveled at that tree: “not even King Solomon in all his glory was arrayed like those ‘lilies of the field,’ and surely no king in the history of the world has ever been able to produce beauty comparable to that old and very large tree which is so young today in its verdure and its ability to give glory to its Creator with every tiny leaf, every new shoot.   

Don’t let this springtime pass you by, my dear friends, without enjoying it.  Don’t fail to really SEE God’s grandeur all around us at this time of year.  As the great English Jesuit Father Gerard Manley Hopkins says in his poem “Spring,”

Nothing is so beautiful as spring—

When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush:

. . .

The glassy pear-tree leaves and blooms, they brush the descending blue;

That blue is all in a rush  with richness. . .

 What is all this juice and all this joy?  

A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning in Eden garden. . .

 Let us be aware that the Creator of all earthly beauty is still busily at work. And we are surrounded by his incomparable art. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.




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