St Benedict garden


I haven’t been gardening since moving to the Springfield, Mo area.  This year I decided to get started again.  We are settled enough that I have the time to do it now.  There was a fenced off area of my side yard that was perfect for the garden but had been overgrown with weeds and also had a poplar tree in the corner.  My family and I spent some time cleaning it up and getting it ready.  The cross and circle part of the pattern will serve as walkways, creating 4 growing spaces in the center and also growing areas in the corners of the garden.


I wanted to make it a garden in honor of St. Benedict.  We took some old cedar fence posts that were laying around and cut them into size to be able to make the pattern of the St. Benedict medal.  We also took paver stones that were around, some black paint, and clear acrylic spray paint to make the letters to layout in the walkway/cross.


Here is the pattern for the garden from the St. Benedict medal.  It’s not completely finished yet but it is close to being done.  This will serve not only as a great way to organize our garden but a way to bless our property with a sacred space.

I can’t wait to start getting some plants and seeds into the ground.  Some plants have been started in the house.  There will be somewhat of a learning curve for me since it is a different climate and different soil than what I am used to.

Winter Jam outdoor acoustic concert

Right place, right time.  We were able to able to make this outdoor acoustic set from Winter Jam by being slightly late and not getting in.  The fire marshal closed the building when it hit capacity.  Some of the artists were nice enough to come out and play an acoustic set.  Here are some recordings. Enjoy!

Catholic committee for scouting Lenten lock in 2016

I’m spending this morning reading the document on Mercy that Pope Francis put out to get ready for the scout retreat mercy. The main part of what I am going to cover is the parable of the unforgiving servant from Matthew 18.

From Misericordiae Vultus:

“This parable contains a profound teaching for all of us.  Jesus affirms that Mercy is not only an action of the Father, it becomes a criterion for ascertaining who his true children are. … Pardoning offences becomes the clearest expression of merciful love…. At times how hard it seems to forgive!  And yet pardon is the instrument placed into our fragile hands to attain serenity of heart.  To let go of anger, wrath, violence, and revenge are necessary conditions to living joyfully….. ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy’ (Mt 5:7) the beatitude to which we should particularly aspire in this Holy Year.”

For more resources of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, see

Lenten exercise 2016

Our pastor challenged us to have a specific goal for the rest of Lent.  He compared to exercise. Some people say that they will exercise more but it is better to say we will run a certain distance a day. Basically he is talking about spiritual smart goals. 

One of the things I decided to do is give away at least 5 St Benedict crucifixes a week until Easter. I don’t have much of a plan as far as who I will give them to. I guess the Spirit will just move me when appropriate. Will it be random strangers? Will it be friends? Probably both. We will see.


I now have this bunch in my car, just ready for giving. They have been exercised and blessed with the St Benedict blessing by a Benedictine priest. 

Let’s see how this goes. 
Update:  I have managed to give away over 20 as of March 5th. I did a presentation on mercy and forgiveness for a group of boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heritage girls, and trail life USA  Trailmen. I gave a crucifix to each of the children there and also to all of the adult leaders. So far so good.


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