I have heard it said that missionaries have a hard time explaining the concept of divine forgiveness to indigenous people who are nature worshipers because in their experience, “Mother Nature” does not forgive! Our gardening experience confirms it. This year we got did not get the compost into the squash row before planting and we got behind in the weeding. The result? Not much squash. Never mind the excuses of not having time, etc. Tell it to the birds. They won’t listen either! But then, sometimes Nature smiles like the sun on a clear day, and for some reason things go marvelously well. We had some volunteer pumpkins that ended up being the success story of this year’s garden. Here is pictured our Sister Prabha holding our prize winner weighing a hefty 35 lbs!
We thank God for the pumpkins, the few squash we did get, the abundant cucumbers and tomatoes still being harvested. But most of all we thank Him for His love that DOES FORGIVE US when we fail, even if we have to bear the consequences of our negligences. That is what is called “the temporal punishment due to sin”.
We are now in the midst of our novena to our Mother St. Clare in preparation for the celebration of her feast on Saturday, August 11. May she bless all of you with the gift of her intercession!