Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.
– Albert Camus
Welcome to my personal Catholic blog and website, The Flowers of Faith! Flowers play a significant role in Roman Catholic Christianity. Whether it is the Easter lily that adorns the altar during the Easter season or the many roses we lay at the feet of the Blessed Mother while praying the Rosary, our faith is brimming over with flowers. In the Middle Ages, it was customary to have something called a “Mary Garden,” where one planted flowers and trees named after Jesus Christ and his mother. During the month of May, one will find Catholics placing a wreath of flowers on the head of a Mary statue. It is said that when St. Bernadette Soubirous (my confirmation saint) first saw Our Lady of Lourdes, she noticed that there were two yellow roses at the Blessed Mother’s feet. St. Juan Diego, during the fourth apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe, discovered flowers blooming in a time when none would have grown. As you can see, flowers have always been featured prominently and continue to do so to this day. St. Thérèse of Lisieux one said:
“I understood that every flower created by Him is beautiful, that the brilliance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not lessen the perfume of the violet or the sweet simplicity of the daisy. I understood that if all the lowly flowers wished to be roses, nature would no longer be enamelled with lovely hues. And so it is in the world of souls, Our lord’s living garden.”
This blog is a celebration of the beauty and the truth of the Catholic faith. I invite you to join me on my walk with Jesus Christ as we are all flowers in the Lord’s living garden.
My name is Kendall and this is my personal blog. I am a Catholic laywoman, English graduate student, book reviewer, and historical interpreter. I enjoy flowers and the natural world, hence the title of my blog: The Flowers of Faith. My interests are: my Catholic faith, history, literature, rhetoric, composition, historical interpretation, classical music, and the Classics.