As you enter the enter the church piazza, you pass through the rose garden. I am grateful to the family who donated them, to our young scouting group that planted them, and to a few parishioners who are now looking after them.
My understanding is that the same principles and practices also apply to cultivating vines to produce good grapes. And California, of course, has some of the best vineyards producing an abundance of various wines. Whether the bouquet comes from the rose or the rose', this is what I have learnt about cultivating. It's not so much how to do it. It's also, why. The challenge is to apply this to our souls.
And even though at times we might feel spiritually dead or dormant, and at times have to weather sickness or disease or find ourselves all tied up or totally confused at times, if we remain planted in His vineyard and allow our souls to be trimmed clean by the Sacrament of His mercy and nourished by his Eucharistic Body and Blood, at the proper time, we will rejoice in producing a bounty of a rich harvest and bear much fruit.