A Place of Sanctuary
Bringing The Grotto to You
Daily Spiritual Reflection

Father God,
today I am grateful for the life you give me in your risen Son.
Thank you for my family and friends whose love reminds me of your love.
Thank you that I am alive and well as this virus rages through the world.
Lord, keep me hopeful when I feel fearful.
Keep me joyful when I feel scared.
Keep me focused when I feel scattered.
Lord, please take care of those I love and care for.
Keep us connected, keep us well and keep us hopeful.
Lord, with you near me I feel safe.
Thank you, Lord.
Fr. Don Siple, OSM, Rector of The Grotto
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"Bringing The Grotto to You" Series

We will continue to share a piece of The Grotto with you each day until Masses resume and our gardens open. We hope this feature brings you joy.

Please share our emails with friends and family. Help spread the word that The Grotto is here, and looking forward to the glorious day when we can reopen our gates.
Day 38: Celebrating God's Creation
Earth Day 2020

Today, April 22, is celebrated worldwide as Earth Day. It is a day of appreciation for all of God's creation, and a day to promote stewardship of the environment.

Five years ago, Pope Francis' wrote the encyclical letter Laudato Si' on care for our common home. In today's email, we are inspired by the words of The Holy Father, and celebrate the presence of God in nature at The Grotto.
Video Message
from Fr. Richard Boyle, OSM
Fr. Richard Boyle shares a prayer from Pope Francis, from his encylical letter, Laudato Si'.

Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home

This encyclical letter from Pope Francis is addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path.

This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.

To read the entire Laudato Si' , please click here .
Praise be to you, my Lord

The title of Pope Francis' encyclical letter is taken from the first line of the encyclical, "Laudato si', mi Signore," or "Praise be to you, my Lord."

In the words of this beautiful canticle from Saint Francis of Assisi, he reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life, and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.
Canticle of the Sun

Praised be you, my Lord, with all your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, who is the day and through whom you give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor; and bears a likeness of you, Most High.

Praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars, in heaven you formed them clear and precious and beautiful.

Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Wind, and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather through whom you give sustenance to your creatures.

Praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Water, who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom you light the night, and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi is revered by Christians everywhere. He was known as a person of peace and a lover of nature. In the simplicity of his life, he saw the hand of God in all creation.

This beautiful statue of St. Francis, seen above, is located in The Grotto Upper Gardens.

To learn more about St. Francis and this statue, click here to view an earlier edition of "Bringing The Grotto to You."
Prayer to Care for God's Creation  

God of all creation,
How splendid and majestic is the world you created!
It reveals your glory; it teaches us about you.
When you made us in your image, you gave us this command: care for the world and for all the creatures in it, for this is our common home.
Yet your holy creation cries out, for our home is “burdened and laid waste,” scorched and scarred.
Come among us that we might remember our interdependence.
Let us see the face of your Son in those who suffer from the destruction of our common home.
Help us to be stewards who honor you in the world you have made for the good of all creation and for future generations.
May your justice reign forever!
World Day of Peace Message

"Christians, in particular, realize that their responsibility within creation and their duty towards nature and the Creator are an essential part of their faith.

Respect for life and for the dignity of the human person extends also to the rest of creation, which is called to join man in praising God."

Saint John Paul II (1990 World Day of Peace, Message 15-16)
The Pollinator Garden at The Grotto

As part of America’s Faith-Based Initiative, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnered with The Grotto and the Pacific Northwest College of Art to engage the public on the importance of pollinators, including the monarch butterfly.
Work began in 2016 to build a butterfly habitat in the Upper Gardens outside the Meditation Chapel, in order to create a suitable and protected environment for caterpillars and butterflies to thrive.

To learn more about the pollinator garden and our partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, click here to read an earlier edition of "Bringing The Grotto to You."
A Place of Sanctuary

The Grotto is a 62-acre sanctuary in the middle of the city. The buildings and beautiful gardens are nestled in a thick forest, which is a large habitat for wildlife. More than 1000 species of plants grow at The Grotto.

Please enjoy these photos, all taken at The Grotto, celebrating God's Creation.
Please send us your photos

Do you have a favorite photo from The Grotto? We would love to see it.

Please send photos to events@thegrotto.org . We will feature them in an upcoming edition of "Bringing The Grotto to You."

Thank you to Melissa Brown Photography for allowing us to share some of the wonderful close-up photos in this email, which were all taken at The Grotto.
Mass Enrollment Cards
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The Grotto Gift Shop

The Grotto Gift Shop is open for curbside pick-up or online shipping during our closure.

Check out our new Curbside Shopping  page on our website.

If you do not see an item in our online shop which you would like to purchase, or you would like to arrange a curbside pick-up, contact our director of retail sales by  clicking here .
The Series

We hope you are enjoying our daily feature A Place of Sanctuary: Bringing The Grotto to You.

Week 1
St. Francis of Assisi
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day
St. Anne's Chapel
St. Joseph's Grove
The Marilyn Moyer Meditation Chapel
Spring in the Garden
Our Lady's Grotto

Week 2
St. Jude Thaddeus
Statue of Mary, Our Mother
The Pollinator Garden
St. Philip Benizi's Retreat
Pathways of The Grotto
St. Peregrine Shrine
The Servites

Week 3
Here Light Shines
The Peace Garden
Looking Up
Feast of Our Lady at the Foot of the Cross
The Rose Garden
Palm Sunday, The Christus Garden

Week 4
Crosses and Crucifixes
Sacred Heart Statue
Angels of The Grotto
Holy Thursday of The Lord's Supper
Good Friday, Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday, Via Matris
Easter Sunday

Week 5
The Forest
Blessing of the Animals
Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine
Colors of The Grotto
Mysteries of the Rosary
Lighting a Candle
Chapel of Mary

Week 6
Come to the Water
Our Lady of Lavang Shrine
Today:  Celebrating God's Creation
Tomorrow: Our Lady of Lourdes
The Grotto
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