Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

"Consider the lilies..."

These amazing lilies have been blooming here for weeks. And now, as they're beginning to fade and die back for another year, I want to think on the invitation of Jesus in St. Luke's Gospel (12:27). And Jesus said, "Think of the lilies: they neither spin nor weave, yet I tell you even Solomon in all his splendour was not attired like one of these."

We don't know for sure which flower Jesus was referring to in his ancient desert-world, but these will do - happy receivers of rain and sun, untroubled and seemingly eager to share their gifts.

Consider the lilies...
lost as we are in fears and fantasies,
the world of menace and
bad spirit,
acquisitive for power,
approval and

Consider the lilies...
distracted as we are,
owned by neediness,
vulnerability and
negative energies,
our "savage breasts" 
the agitation of troubled hearts.

Consider the lilies...
confident receivers,
imagined from beyond,
strong in their own place,
making no noise,
exhaling joy!


  1. It is sad when the beautiful flowers of spring and summer fade and brown. Beauty is fleeting and so is life. My own negativeness coming through with these thoughts when I should just consider the bigger picture of what you are saying here. I am a hopeless case Father.

    1. Nah, you're not a hopeless case. I understand negative thoughts. To combat negativity I try identifying it as soon as I can, and then when it sets roots in my mind and heart, and I become aware of where I have gone, I say, "Oh Jesus, such thoughts, have mercy."

    2. Thank you Father, you know how to make people feel better. I will keep this saying in my head and will be more mindful of my wandering thoughts. -Allie

  2. You have the most beautiful flowers to match your beautiful prayers. Amen.

    1. I have "the most beautiful flowers" and YOU have the most beautiful name. Grace Marie!

  3. Thank you for posting this. I'm getting caught up on 'non-research' reading, and this was very good to see.