Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Yellow Loosestrife


Yellow Loosestrife along the retreat house road

This is Fringed Loosestrife. It is sometimes called Yellow Loosestrife or Willow~Herb because it has willow-like leaves. Loosestrife grows in damp wooded areas and thickets throughout much of the country, blooming from June to August. Loosestrife's delicate flowers face downward. I wonder if that's a design feature to shed rain?

Loosestrife's botanical name is Lysimachia ciliata which may have meant loosen (to end, to drop, to let go of) strife.  So the meaning of the plant's name is Loosen the Strife: set us free from all the fighting and argument, the hatred and enmity, the contention and resentment.

Maybe we should make Yellow Loosestrife the National Flower and put it on each state flag. Big bouquets of it in every church, synagogue and mosque. A sprig on every politician's podium - on every cleric's pulpit. Fields of  it along the highway median. Gardens of Loosestrife around all the government buildings! Vases of it in every home, office and news-entertainment studio.


8 comments:

  1. We all should have a vase of these beautiful flowers to LET GO, END, DROP anything were holding on to.It will set us free!

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  2. "To expect life to be tailored to our specifications is to invite frustration" I find peace in this quote. As always, your thoughts are encouraging. Have a good day, Father.

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  3. How delightful to be surrounded by such beauty. It is no wonder where many of your inspirations come from.

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  4. Again you show us beauty from the damp dark undergrowth where most of us would not look. Your connection of this plant to our lives paints a vivid picture. Maybe we should indeed spread it around.

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  5. I wish that I had some Yellow Loosestrife growing near me. That I might remember to pray to be set free of all the resentments and struggle.

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  6. Copy and paste the photo here to your computer. Let it be your screensaver. Print it and scotch tape it to your morning-mirror or on the refrigerator or the dashboard. You get the idea.

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  7. Father, you open my eyes to the beauty of nature and make me take notice of things that I would easily overlook. But most importantly, you give meaning to these things and I infuse them into my thoughts. Thank you for being my spiritual guide.

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  8. And I thank you for following the posts. Thanking God for our senses. We live in a paradise and must quickly learn to be better guardians of it all.

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