This is an arbor near the entrance of our retreat house at St. Francis Retreat Center in Dewitt, Michigan. What a beautiful space – and beautiful spaces abound here, thanks to Margaret Rose Realy, master gardener and leader of a dedicated cadre of volunteers. Margaret’s vision has flourished in the dozen memorial gardens planted on the grounds, and is a legacy of love for the many retreatants who visit this sacred place. Margaret has written two books, A Garden of Visible Prayer: Creating a Personal Sacred Space One Step at a Time, and Cultivating God’s Garden Through Lent. Check them out. She has inspired me to go home and explore my own vision of visible prayer!
And now I shall leave this blog and go do what I came here to do: Write. 🙂