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- South Texas Catholic
March 17, 2006
Letter PROM tke editor
Lots to learn from plants
By Paula Coldapp
At our parish, our pastor started Lent
off by referring to it as a “spiritual
I liked that thought and all the images
it conjured up in my mind.
We also think of Lent as a “desert-
like” experience, relating to Jesus’ 40 days in the desert.
But the spiritual springtime, the hope of new birth,
seemed to suit me best this year and would help me to
fully appreciate the glory of our upcoming Easter
Last weekend, I walked around
my yard, which is interesting, yet
not too fancy, and looked to nature
for signs of both springtime and
desert. I was happy to find both.
Small, pink blossoms covered
two peach trees. Those little
flowers have been popping out
since January. On closer inspection,
I found a few very tiny peaches
about half an inch long.
The two Norfolk pines we put in
the ground three years ago, after
they served as nice mini-Christmas trees on the front
porch, didn’t look as cheery. They needed water. A few
limbs were turning brown. So, I gave them a good
The corner cactus garden was another story. These
thorn-and-spike-filled plants seemed to care less that
they hadn’t been watered. They were growing at their
slow, steady pace; and one had magnificent flowers.
The halanchoes won the prize for showing off for the
longest time in these drought-like conditions. Their
leaves are a little droopy, but their bright red blossoms
are everywhere — on the front
porch, in the backyard, on the
side of the garage, in the rock
But it was in the vegetable
garden where everything came
together, and presented itself as
/ A, a great example of spiritual
Many of last fall’s crops, the
tomatoes and eggplant, were
| dead or dying and we had to dig
| them out to make room to plant
Some crops, mainly herbs —
basil, sage and dill — were thriving and taking over other
areas. So, we had to cut out healthy plants and give them
away, because we wanted more than a giant herb garden.
The lettuce plants had fed many, but now they were
shooting up new bitter leaves and had to be pulled up,
The carrots got to stay. Even though they had been in
the ground for months, they didn’t take up much space
and they still taste sweet when we pick them.
We wanted to expand, so we tilled new areas of rock
hard ground until the soil was fine enough to nurture
tiny new seeds.
Just as each of us is
different and unique, so
are our Lents. Sometimes
they are times of new
growth. Other years we
feel dry inside but put on a
joyful face. When our
dryness is too much to
bear, it might show on the
outside and so we get
help, a refreshing watering
of love and compassion
A time of great change, loss or failure may mandate
that we let go or get rid of destruc-
tive habits, old ways or painful
thoughts that keep us from experi-
encing new joy, healing and growth.
We may have to cut out some of
the activity in an area of our lives,
even if it’s good and well-meaning,
in order to give that time and energy
to something or someone else.
Maybe it’s not so important if we
relate to the rocky desert or the new
spring garden. There’s pain and
beauty in both, and many lessons to be learned.
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