The cloister garden is a place of refreshment. Whether the monastery is snuggled amid rolling hills or surrounded by a bustling city, its garden is a peaceful oasis - a place where nuns or monks cherish and nurture the handiwork of God.
In summer, cloister gardens are in full bloom. Droughts alternate with downpours, weeds are continually battled, pests must be put to flight lest they harm delicate blossoms. The pastels of spring have deepened, now, into darker shades. It's a time of heat and heady fragrance, busy bees and fireflies and cicadas, crackles of thunder and balmy nights.
'Have good courage to cultivate this vineyard, contributing your little effort to the spiritual good of the souls that the Lord has reserved for Himself lest they bend their knees before Baal.. in the midst of a people that has unclean lips. Do not be surprised if the fruits do not yet appear, because if you do the work of God patiently, your labor will not be in vain.' (St. Francis de Sales)
Shall we visit a cloister garden?
A Monastery Garden Tour (with the Passionist Nuns)
None Should Mow the Grass There
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