Turning to face the sun

sunflower

 

Saturday, a day dedicated each week to  the Virgin Mary. From Titus Brandsma’s writings on Carmelite  spirituality, this struck me:

 

 Sunflowers in the Garden of Carmel.

The devotion to Mary is one of the most delightful 
flowers in Carmel's garden. I should like to call it a 
sunflower. This flower rises up high above the other 
flowers. Borne aloft on a tall stem, rich in green 
leaves, the flower is raised yet higher from among the 
green foliage.

It is characteristic of this flower to turn itself 
towards the sun and moreover it is an image of the sun. 
It is a simple flower; it can grow in all gardens and 
it is an ornament to all. It is tall and firm and has 
deep roots like a tree. In the same way, no devotion is 
firmer than that to Mary. The fresh foliage, the green 
leaves point to the abundance of virtues, with which 
the devotion to Mary is surrounded. The flower itself 
represents the soul created after God's image in order 
to absorb the sunlight of God's bounty. Two suns 
shining into each other, one radiant with an 
unfathomable light, the other absorbing that light, 
basking in that light and glowing like another sun, but 
so enraptured by the beams of the Sun which shines on 
it, that it cannot turn itself away from Him, but can 
only live for Him and through Him. Such a flower was 
Mary. Like her, so may we, flowers from her seed, raise 
our flower-buds to the Sun, Who infused Himself into 
her, and will transmit to us also the beams of His 
light and warmth.
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