Winter & Gardening Deep Abiding Hope III

Dreams are transformed by desire which gives rise to Hope

– Hope for something not yet realized

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Determine the type of garden suitable for the locale. Harsh conditions maybe a cactus garden, lush conditions Plumerias planted in the front yard as trees. Indoors vs outdoors. Watering system if needed, raised beds or inground. Indoors or outdoors. Food or beauty or a bit of both. Winter is the time to really think about these factors.

Taking stock of the conditions of your own life. Do you have a good bishop or bad, under tyranny of freedom, married or single, man or woman, time to devote to the spiritual life?

 Jesus said before embarking on a task, sit down and really look at the cost

Luke 14: 27Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?29Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’  ESV[1]

[clinical self-examination, see outside of self, am I rocky plain, seed pop up then goes fallow. Sometime consult master gardener. Some point to someone else greater wisdom of another, engage with spiritual director. Only possess enough knowledge grow beyond. Plant same plants with no change rid of nutrients. Same for self, person only examining withdraw goodness, good friend, priest, good spiritual director. Draw forth more than ones-self can]

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III. Part Three Design the garden space raised beds, in ground beds, patio pots

Given the reality of the soul’s life and the desired spiritual outcome (garden type) determine a spiritual journey.

Spiritual director (authority) can be very helpful.

Reading from the Apostolic & Patristic period gives firm foundation that has stood the test of time

[Look back past, tutelage of the master, {artistic Fathers, own arrogance is diminished. Tempted to think I have conceived of a new problem, never thought of before. Our problem is unique. Nothing new under the sun. Immediate proximately to the Lord. Words & ideas less likely twisted. Get away more likely to lose than gain. Tradition is a fundamental pillar. Gardens, only so many ways to plant a tomato. Tomatoes respond to certain to water, temperature, light. Can try to do different but if contrary leads to failure.]

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