I gave Our Lady these gorgeous red coneflowers today, on 9/11. Just as she watches over my neighborhood from this hill, she watches over all her children, especially at "the hour of our death."
I recently visited this 9/11 Memorial at Eisenhower Park, in East Meadow, Long Island. Under a somber, smoky sky, this amazing piece of art shows the Twin Towers intertwined...twins....born together, destroyed together....their fates, inextricably linked, like the two people who were seen jumping together, holding hands. It is estimated about 200 people jumped or fell from the Towers that day. None of them survived, though some desperately clung to tablecloths from the restaurant at the top, trying to use them as parachutes, hoping against Hope. An extraordinary final testimony to this Theological Virtue and the preciousness of life.
The Towers were glorious, especially at night. I stood on the top of one once. The view was truly spectacular. I'll never forget it. On 9/11, I could not bear to watch the news and spent the whole day alone in prayer, having no idea what was happening. When my husband came home from work he told me......"The Towers are gone." I'll never forget those words, though it came as no surprise. Part of me already knew.
This is part of the same Memorial at Eisenhower Park. An actual piece of a Tower, somewhat rusted over the past 15 years.....in one sense, sickening.....in another, comforting....it rained blood that day, but it also rained crosses. Much like the Crucifixion itself....unthinkable, horrifying....yet, the Act of Love which wrought our salvation.
I mentioned Saint Fiacre in my post on the month of August, his feast being August 30th. He is the patron saint of gardeners, along with Saint Rose of Lima, who shares the same feastday! (Incidentally, on this past August 30th, I was officially accepted into the "Master Gardener" course at Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Nassau County, NY-I took this as a little sign that I'm on the right track!) I was amazed to see this statue of Saint Fiacre yesterday at Rosedale Nurseries in Hawthorne, NY, where I bought the red coneflowers pictured above. Unfortunately, it was too expensive for me to buy, so I did the next best thing-I took a picture of it! Saint Fiacre and Saint Rose of Lima, pray for us!
Took this picture of a beautiful butterfly interested in a rotten apple at a 4-H camp in Riverhead, Long Island last week. I worked hard to get that shot! (Zoom in to see it better.)
Last but not least.....I know you won't believe this, but yes, I took this picture and no, its not photo-shopped. The water really is THAT blue, but its....DYED! This was taken at a facility in Manhasset, Long Island, where the gardening classes are held. In a way, its pretty, but do they really think they can do a better job than God??? He is the Lord of all, the Alpha and the Omega Who is greater than all our sufferings. We cannot forget tragedies like 9/11, but we also cannot be defeated by them. He's got it all under control, so let us end this post on a note of peace, faith, hope and love! CM:)