I didn’t really intend to commit myself to a “flower a day”  for this month of May, but here I am . . .  the 11th day of May, and the flower today that is associated with a virtue of Mary is  A Rose that is Pink:

rose pink

The Pink Rose represents prayer.   Very simply,   just prayer and all that “prayer” means.   We all do it, even the atheist in a fox hole, even the “non-religious” man who testified recently on TV that he cried out to God during one of our recent airplane malfunctions (with a happy landing);  it’s written into us to as a natural desire to make contact with our Creator.   Mary, being constantly mindful about her Creator, spent her life in a state of prayer.

Prayer is a skill.  You can do it once.   Do it twice and you’ve doubled your experience.  It’s exponential.     Make it a habit every day and you will plummet beautiful depths, just like those petals of the pink rose that spiral downward, into ever deeper, more lively and meaningful levels.

pink rose spiral

More prayer will only lead you to more “beauty”  — and beauty is of God.

There are spontaneous prayers.   Fine.   There are many prayers written down and used “universally”  by the “universal”  Church that are useful,  spot on,  instructive,  and help you say just what you intended to say,  because you are part of all humanity and not so special that only your own words will do.   Begin to learn these prayers-for-all-reasons and your entire life will be enriched beyond what you thought it ever could be.

Here’s an interesting true story about today, tomorrow, and the next day:

Once, long ago, as the civilized world was crumbling and things felt precarious,   in the central region of what is now France a series of disasters happened.   First there was an earthquake which crumbled churches and homes.   Then there was a fireball (a meteor maybe?)  that smashed into the king’s palace and burned it up.   Then, from out of the forest,  great packs of wolves and other animals ran through the villages and farms and killed many people.  

Lives were lost,  crops were lost, and everyone seemed in danger from the unpredictability of the natural world that we all rely on for our well-being.     The bishop ordered three days of fasting and intense prayer,  acknowledging our dependence upon God and making supplication for our safety.    This official,  public supplication is called   “rogation.”

In the following centuries these three days of Rogation were made an official part of the Church’s calendar, because we never outgrow our need for God’s constant mercy.  

This year’s  Rogation Days fall on May 11,  12,  and 13,  the three successive days before Ascension Day.

Why don’t we generally know about them today?        Remember what I had written about “Smokey the Bear” in a post not too long ago?   People with an agenda (in the Church and in the world)   attempt to cut us off from our past in a thousand subtle, insistent ways.    Some ways are trivial;  some ways are not so trivial.

No one needs to be told that prayer is important.

rose pink doily

Take time to think about prayer.   Crochet a doily!

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