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Daily Spiritual Reflection

A Triduum of Prayer for the Feast of St. Peregrine
Patron Saint of Cancer Patients and the Sick

Day One:

St. Peregrine Converted Rebel and Friar Servant of Mary Jesus said “there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine virtuous ones who have no need of repentance." (Lk 15:7)

Today we remember the conversion of St. Peregrine. It was a great gift of God to him, to the Servite Order, to the Church. Today, let us commit to be faithful to our journey of conversion to the Gospel of Christ.


In your mercy, Lord, and through the intercession of St. Peregrine, convert my heart and guide me on the way of salvation, so that, having left the darkness of sin, I may walk in the light of the Gospel of Christ. He who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

F r. Don Siple, OSM, Rector of The Grotto
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Bringing The Grotto to You

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Day 47: May Flowers
The Flowers Still Bloom

Even though we may not be walking among them, the flowers are blooming as they always do.

Even though we may not be there to enjoy their fragrance, they still smell as sweet as they always do.

Even though we may not be there to enjoy the warm breeze, they still sway back and forth as they always do.

Even though we may not be there to soak in all their colors, they still light up the gardens as they always do.

Even though we may not see some of them this season, we know they'll come back again as they always do.

Even though the flowers can go on as they always do, we know we are doing the right thing ... as we must do.

Even though this is difficult, we thank God for the faith of knowing that we will all bloom again, like the flowers always do.
A Walk through the May Flowers

Since our gardens are currently closed, we thought today, being the first day of May, we would take you on a walk through the flowers of May.
The Upper Gardens

This time of year is when color begins to pop up everywhere around the gardens. Rhododendrons are just beginning to come alive and the azaleas are in full bloom.
The Peace Garden

The Peace Garden is magnificent at all times of the year, but in the spring the greens are brighter and the flowers bloom. The two-acre garden features a large pond and flowing stream, which accent the gorgeous flowers.

To learn more about the Peace Garden, which is located in the scenic Upper Gardens, click here to view an earlier edition of "Bringing the Grotto to You."
The Christus Garden

Located on the lower level of The Grotto is the Christus Statue and Garden. The main feature of this garden is the beautiful bronze statue of Jesus carrying the Cross. Near the statue stands a massive rhododendron, with beautiful light pink blooms.

The lower level is free to all throughout the year.

To learn more about the Christus Statue, click here to view an earlier edition of "Bringing The Grotto to You."
The Daffodil Garden

Because of the shade of the tall firs and the mix of varieties, the daffodils bloom from March into May. The daffodil garden is located in the Upper Gardens near the Peace Pole.
Pink ... the Color of Peace

There is no shortage of pink blooms at The Grotto in May. Here are just a few to enjoy.
A Walk around The Grotto

We hope you enjoy this stroll through the May flowers of The Grotto.
Thank you for walking with us

We hope you have enjoyed this walk around The Grotto. We hope it won't be long before we can invite you all to come and visit our scenic gardens.
Mass Enrollment Cards
Perpetual Enrollment in The Grotto’s Guild of Masses and Prayer honors yourself, your family or your loved ones, and provides support for The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother.

The Grotto Gift Shop

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

If you do not see what you are looking for, feel free to contact our director of retail operations by  clicking here .
Mother's Day Shopping

Looking for something for Mother's Day? How about a Gift Certificate to The Grotto Gift Shop? They are available online or for curbside pickup.
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
Celebrating God's Creation
Our Lady of Lourdes
The Labyrinth
Looking Out a Window
How The Grotto Began

Week 7
The Cliff and Elevator
Lithuanian Wayside Shrine
The Grotto by the Numbers
Music at The Grotto
Today: May Flowers
The Grotto
The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

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