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Calling all gardeners, Catholic or otherwise…2

A new venture for our amazing parish started in the Spring this year. The MARY GARDEN. I was so excited when it was announced. Our Lady’s statue is situated on the side of the church which faces the main road. Although there is place for fresh flowers in front of the shrine, they soon wither and die. So, the thought of garden devoted to Our Lady was most appealing as it will be ongoing and constantly changing.

The cherry on the cake for me is that all the plants in the newly laid garden have been linked with Our Lady. I thought of sharing photos of these here at 1catholicsalmon. Perhaps new Mary Gardens will sprout as a result? Although our garden has only just been created, the flowers are just magnificent, honouring Our Lady as they share their colours.

A wider picture of the garden

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Prayer from a mother.

For Working Mothers

My Loving Creator,

You know how really tired I am. On days when things are really frantic, I consider how you made the world in seven days — and then I try to remember that you aren’t asking me to re-create that feat.

Please help me to remain a loving mother to my children and to keep some balance in my life. Help me to remember that you are with me in every packed hour of every day. As I am finishing a work project or planning dinner or buying the kids shoes, (sometimes all at the same time) help me to remember your loving care for me and let me sometimes stop for a moment and just wallow in that.

Most of all, my caring Father, let me remember to ask for help and to rely on you for strength when I have none left; for patience when mine is so often gone; and for the wisdom and endless well of compassion and love I need in my job as mother.