As I have spent time in prayer with The Song of Songs, the Bridegroom and I have created our own unique lovesong and dialogue. I would like to share one of the fruits of my prayer time with you.
The analogy of our hearts as garden and vineyard runs throughout Scripture, including The Song of Songs, and the writings of the saints. The following prayer is my response to a deepening understanding of how it is the condition of the garden of my heart that is most important and how in need I am of Christ’s help and grace to continually tend my garden.
In The Song of Songs, the Bridegroom warns the Bride to “catch the little foxes that made havoc of our vineyard”. Saints such as St. John of the Cross and St. Francis de Sales teach us that these “little foxes” are the many temptations, negative voices, lies, and distractions that disrupt our interior peace and loving conversation with Christ. We must ask His help in identifying and catching these sly little foxes before they have grown and already trampled our beautiful flowering garden.
“Come my Beloved into the garden of my heart and gather Your lilies. May You find delight and rest amongst the blossoming flowers here in Your Garden, the garden to which You alone possess the key. Tend my garden heart with me, Lord… uproot the weeds and catch the little foxes, so I may always bear good fruit for You and the perfumes of my love may rise as a sweet fragrance of praise and thanksgiving to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.”
My prayer was inspired by these verses from The Song of Songs….
1:6 The Bride My mother’s sons turned their anger on me, they made me look after their vineyards. Had I only looked after my own!
2:15 The Bridegroom
Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that make havoc of the vineyards, for our vineyards are in flower.
6:2 The Bride
My Beloved went down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to pasture his flock in the gardens and gather lilies. I am my Beloved’s, and my Beloved is mine. He pastures his flock among the lilies.”
You are all in my prayers…
Mary, Mystical Rose of God, keep all the Bridegroom’s Living Roses enfolded in your mantle of love and comfort. Lead us to His Heart!