Spiritual gardens

Our car rolls by houses with lawns.Some are well kept with no flowers.But suddenly, somebody's garden,fully in bloom with pink little flowers... If I were in prayer I would feel so charmed,by the Creator.Since it was a less elevated moment,my mind was not raised in worship but it was brightened. I will never meet the gardener of this particular garden but she has done me much good and I am thankful.

This is how it is with people too,each one like a house and a lawn,each one decides whether to have flowers growing or not.These flowers are spiritual in nature.So when we roll by them,it would be noticed in their voice,their attitude,their smile,their kindness,their sincerity,their generosity and so many little things.

Like all flowers, spiritual ones too grow mysteriously.We can plant the seeds or stems (by reading God's word) and water them (by the tears of our broken-hearted prayers) but we can't make them flower,only God can do that.And I'm hundred percent sure He will..above and beyond any garden we can imagine.He is faithful.

The most beautiful of flowers,the rose,fragrant and intricate.Well,now the seeds for these spiritually are found in the rosary,and nobody will know the secret except Mother Mary who will ensure that the soul's garden of the rosary pray-er will be endowed with red and white roses of heavenly beauty and extraordinary fragrance.

Do you want to be an unseen gardener who brightens or even lifts up passers by with the fragrance wafting from the beautiful flowers in your spiritual garden? All the best!

Some unnecessary evils!

Where are those details hidden?Which of my brain's recesses have I left unexplored in this wretched effort to retrieve old lessons? How many more trials will justify the emotional eruption, threatening to break the dams in my eyes and determined to kill the holy editor of my unholy vocabulary?

But before you empathize with my poor memory,I must confess,I have tried in vain but once.I've discounted the fact that it is a search tantamount to the quest for the needle in the haystack.There are still some leads that I keep circumnavigating because I'm too lazy to engage further mental powers!

Gone are those days of trying till the thousand and first time.(Hat tip to Edison,cf. the inspirational invention of the light bulb). Google has taught us an evil lesson,viz, why waste precious memory space when we can just ask the digital brain to remember data and later retrieve it for us.This doing away with the perseverance to commit lessons to memory ensures that none of our precious time is ever wasted.It's like being penny-wise and pound-foolish,(but of course we'll never admit it) because perseverance builds character  and character builds hope and hope is pretty essential if we are to create anything of breathtaking ingenuity.

We have ushered in the age of instant coffee and thrown out coffee brewed with love,welcomed the era of microwaving and thrown out traditional cooking,embraced the i-pill and thrown out the baby before implantation ,indeed we've taken to I-everything and thrown out,it seems to me, even our very own brains!!!

Calculators to do our math and search engines to replace our memory.Disuse atrophy of mankind's singularly remarkable power: memory! Research shows that learning is strengthened by repeated retrieval of information which strengthens neural circuits and we short-circuit the learning loops by out-sourcing retrieval to search-engines.

Used to the culture of instantaneous satisfaction,our generation may not understand hard work. Soldiering through repeated efforts or accepting inevitable failures referred to in retrospect as "stepping stones to success"may become outdated soon.Without the gift of perseverance we are bound to be lacking in depth of soul and resilience of character.Every tree is known by its fruits and the fruits of our generation will soon speak for us.You can be the next Edison,just gear up for a thousand- step creation!

Epitaph: Here lies a generation that "Googled" itself to 'brain' death.

(Hypocrisy alert: Author's search-engine usage is way over safety limits....Use discretion before taking any of the above to heart. )