I call it a pilgrimage because that is what it has become over the past 17 years. As the dictionary defines pilgrimage, it is "A journey to a sacred place for exalted or sentimental reasons."
This was the first year that we arrived to the bursting beauty of daffodils! They are a glorious addition to Calvary Hill. Their trumpets seem to herald the hope of the Resurrection to all who tread this hallowed ground. Daffodils are often the first flowers to burst forth even after the harshest of winters, ever vigilant with their annual return. They remind me of Our Savior's return, even after the most horrific death on His own Calvary Hill. They are also symbolic of my personal return to joy from sorrow. The promise of new life is all around us, most especially during the Lenten season. How fitting to find it here in this place.
I am also reminded that suffering yields tremendous gifts.
The cross is the greatest love story ever told through which God's grace and mercy awaits each one of us with no exceptions. His cross unites all of our sorrows with the only One who truly understands; No doubt, it is the instrument of salvation for more reasons than one.
I can testify that if we meet Him there, we will never want to leave.
"Thank the good God for having visited you through suffering; if we knew the value of suffering, we would have asked for it." ~Blessed Brother Andre~
These 3 crosses of Calvary were the original inspiration for my blog. I just might have to update my original header photo with one of these and the new daffodils!
Each year we pull out the weeds, trim the branches and bring something new to plant. It now reminds me of what we attempt to do during Lent. I know that I look forward to cleaning my own inner garden during this beautiful liturgical season, in preparation for Easter and the ultimate hope of a heavenly home. I have discovered that Fasting, Praying, Almsgiving and the ultimate emptying of ourselves through Reconciliaiton is freedom itself.
"He who has made me, unmakes me." ~Blessed Eugenie Smet~
This purple plant was our new addition and gift this year.
I loved the Lenten purple color, symbolizing a Good Friday death anniversary, one we will never forget. I find it a great blessing and comfort that Chris' death anniversary is now shared with the great Venerable Pope John Paul II. If his saintly feast day ends up being on April 2, it will be another providential connection for me to embrace.
I bought a duplicate plant to take home. This way there will be one there and one here. I will plant ours in honor of both Chris and our late Holy Father, on Saturday.
This is the view from the top looking down. It was a very stormy weekend but the angels arranged for the rains to stop for a bit. We no sooner finished our gardening and the clouds opened again with a down pour! Praise God for graces received.
Me, Mer-man and my Mom
Group photo (minus my Mom)
Down the hill we go but forever at the foot of the cross.
By William Wordsworth
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but gay,
In such a jocund company!
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.