And now a word from the Apostle Paul....
"Therefore, since we are justified by faith,
we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have obtained access
to this grace in which we stand;
and we boast in our hope
of sharing the glory of God.
And not only that, but we also
boast in our sufferings,
knowing that suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character,
and character produces hope,
and hope does not disappoint us,
because God’s love
has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit
that has been given to us."
Justified by faith, peace with God, Lord Jesus Christ, through whom obtained access, grace we stand, boast hope, sharing glory of God, boast sufferings, suffering endurance, character, hope does not disappoint, God's love into our hearts, Holy Spirit given us....
Am increasingly excited about reconnecting with Elizabeth of the Trinity. She loves St. Paul, too, as many of us do. I miss the climbing rose at my previous hermitage that I planted in honor of St. Paul and of Sr. Elizabeth's attachment to Paul's phrase referring to Christ as in: A praise of Glory!
The fragrant, red rose, was named by someone at Jackson-Perkins' rose company or whoever cultivated the variety: Blaze of Glory. I renamed it Praise of Glory. Oddly, although the new owner wanted all else stripped but a handful of trees, she wanted this particular climbing rose and another in honor of my old spiritual Da named by the cultivator, "Stairway to Heaven," and a third rose called "Joseph's Coat." that was a prayer bloomer for my son.
|Praise of Glory Climbing Rose [J-P: "Blaze of Glory"]|
Also as an addendum, I am inspired by a blog online by some Spanish hermits, or so I think due to translation required from their native tongue. I discovered their spiritual writing from their having noticed my poor-but-heart-felt blog. While I do not read blogs, I note their spiritual quality; and I ask their prayers for my writing and sharing and more so for my soul's ascent in this spiritual journey. I promise my prayers for them, as well.
Currently I confront added pain as well as manual labor burn-out. But as for my spirit and soul...
I can boast in hope and boast of the sufferings and receive endurance, character, hope that does not disappoint. God's love is poured into my heart, the Holy Spirit given me now, today, and always. I am justified by faith, have peace with God, stand in the grace accessed through Jesus Christ, and share in God's glory.
Praise of Glory! Lauden Gloriae!