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The sacred found in the soil -- even a simple garden

By Father Eugene Hemrick
Catholic News Service

When last have you experienced a profound sense of the sacred? If it hasn’t been lately, may I suggest you consider gardening as a means of reconnecting with it?
Why advocate gardening and not going off to a monastery, the hallowed environment of a church or making a retreat? It is not to suggest that gardening is superior. It is because it is often overlooked as a splendid means for increasing our spirituality. Our rushed times are partly responsible for this oversight, as is a society that is becoming increasingly urban and less agrarian.
Gardening fulfills a spiritual role in our lives. When we open the first pages of the Bible, we find ourselves in the Garden of Eden reflecting on the beauty of creation. Adam and Eve could have been portrayed floating in a spell-binding galaxy of stars or atop a magnificent mountain. God’s first choice, however, is a garden. Philosopher Francis Bacon wrote, “God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.”
The pleasures of which Bacon speaks are flowers reflecting breathtaking colors only God could paint: vegetation teeming with God’s life and, oh, the heavenly peace.
Playwright George Bernard Shaw said this on the topic: “The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.” There are hundreds of creative artists like Shaw who readily offer their insight into gardening. As a gardener, I wholeheartedly concur with those who say they do some of their best thinking while pulling weeds. Besides serving as a place to piece your thoughts, it can also serve as a place to heal.
There were times I thought my world was disintegrating. In these moments, I searched for a quiet, meditative environment. The garden answered my prayer. Its life-giving cheerfulness and powers for releasing a confused mind and anxiety-ridden body was the perfect prescription.
When I was stationed in a farm community, I marveled at the farmers who could see right through many of life’s follies. I related this experience to a priest friend who also was a farmer.
“Gino,” he said, “When you sit on a tractor all day with nothing but your thoughts to accompany you, you see life in a more profound way than most people. The meditative spirit of the quiet outdoors is a blessing of which few people take advantage. If they did, we would experience a much less anxious, hurried and scatter-brain world.”
Gertrude Jekyll, an influential British horticulturist, points us to a connection between spirituality and gardening we seldom consider: “A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.”
It also teaches us to care for others.
As God cares for and nurtures us, we, too, are expected to be nurturers. Gardening is an excellent place to develop these virtues. From the moment seeds are planted they require nutrition, watering and weeding. To be a planter is to take on the role of caring parents, concerned that children grow up healthy and strong.
Undoubtedly these benefits to body and soul are cherished blessings. But the fruits of gardening must be a blessing to others also. There’s a saying that there is shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
For joy to be true, it must be shared. And I can tell you from experience, that besides the joy of watching plant life grow, nothing capped harvest time better than sharing my produce with neighbors.
Gardening, as we see, is one beautiful way to experience the garden of paradise on earth.

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Oct. 14, 2018

Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
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April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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