Nothing quite lifts the spirits of the attentive as blooming flowers. While winters can be cold here, mostly in the early morning, sunshine usually abounds throughout the day. That gives a real boost for house plants, providing us with many hours and days of viewing pleasure.

The flowers in today’s photo are near our infirmary, along a bright corridor on the way to church. That means all the monks pass that way many times a day on their going to or coming from the Divine Office and Mass.

Benedictines make a vow of “stability,” which could be described in modern parlance as “bloom where you are planted.” Our potted plants are a reminder to make the most and best of where we are, physically and spiritually. And to “keep on blooming.”

A peaceful week to all who read this.

Abbot Christian and the monks