Letters to His Roses

The Bride and the Ascension

The Bride and the Ascension

Dear Roses,

I was meditating on the Ascension and this quote of Pope Benedict’s from the Magnificat…

”Thus, as Benedict XVI wrote, it would be a mistake to interpret the Ascension as “the temporary absence of Christ from the world.” Rather, “we go to heaven to the extent that we go to Jesus Christ and enter into him.”

It brought to mind two things…
First, the Bride’s words from chapter 8 of The Song of Songs, “Set me like a seal on your heart, like a seal on your arm.”

As I have prayed with that line, that prayer, and read the corresponding reflection in the Cantata of Love, I have come to understand that when we are one with the Bridegroom He not only stays with us but He keeps us with Him. He is the seal on our hearts and we are the seal He wears on His…
Together… to be one heart, to be together, must mean we are never apart, we go together always. So just as I pray that He will go with me, do with me, love with me and through me in every moment, waking or sleeping, and He assures me that He is always with me then so it is true that where He is I am… even as He ascends to the Father!

To the extent that we invite Him to be one with us, we are one with Him and so we ascend with Him to the Father.

This is total, mutual, reciprocal, spousal love…

Together in His Heart,

Laura 🌹


Laura is a mother, writer, artist, spiritual mentor, and founder of Hope’s Garden. She has experienced the redemptive power of the spousal love of Christ the Bridegroom and like the Bride of The Song of Songs is passionate about sharing the truth of His intimate love for each one of us. Creativity and art have been at the heart of her healing journey and she feels called to share her creative talents with the hope of bringing beauty and the love of God to others.

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