"Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations."
Consider an orchard in spring. See how the trees are taking on new life. Soon they will blossom and bear fruit. It is good to think of your soul as such a place. Imagine the Lord walking in it. Ask him to increase the fragrance of the little virtuous buds that are
beginning to appear. Beg him to keep them alive until they can bloom to his glory. Invite him to prune away whatever he thinks needs to go. The trees will be better if he does.
A time will come to the soul when it is like an overgrown orchard. Everything seems dry and lifeless. It is hard to believe it was ever thriving and flourishing. The soul suffers many trials. The poor orchardist thinks that it is out of control and lost. This is the proper time for cultivation. Remove the weeds. Root out sickly plants. Make room for the healthy trees.
If we do this we can gain much humility, and then the blossoms will come again.
-Teresa of Avila: The Life of Teresa of Jesus
O eternal Trinity
O fire and deep well of charity!
O you who are madly in love with your creature!
O eternal truth!
O eternal fire!
O eternal wisdom!
Grant us your gentle and eternal benediction.
- St.Catherine of Siena, 14th century