Letters to His Roses

Mary Bearer of the Light

Dear Roses, As I drew the image below, I contemplated the Light, Christ, the Light of the world, that Our Lady bore within her very being… she opened her womb to God’s Plan as she had already opened her heart… and He filled her with His very Self… God the Creator of the Universe become one with our humanity within the womb more spacious than the heavens. I drew through tear-blinded eyes overcome by Love… the immensity of His Love and Light and her love… love of God that caused her to unhesitatingly say “Yes”… her love of us, of all her children, and of her precious Son, that caused her to bear, to birth, to mother, and to suffer with our Savior… how did she bear His Pure Light and Love within her finite yet sacred body and not just burst into brill...[Read More]

Go to Jesus

Dear Roses, I give thanks to our God at every remembrance of you. I am so grateful for your continued prayers for my healing. Know that I am keeping each of you and your intentions in my daily prayers. This time of rest and physical healing gifts me with time of stillness and quiet to pray and reflect. And so, today’s letter is a brief reflection on my experience of speaking heart to Heart with Jesus hidden in the tabernacle. Even after the night that Jesus miraculously healed my chronic physical and mental illness there was still much healing work to be done in my heart. I was drawn by the gentle yet overwhelming and irresistible force of His Love in the Eucharist. I began going to daily Mass and found that I just could not leave the church afterwards. I spent every free moment I could fi...[Read More]

Give Your Heart to the Bridegroom

Dear Roses, On June 24th 2019, I said “Yes” to Jesus the Bridegroom’s proposal to consecrate my heart and soul to Him by making a private betrothal promise. The waterfall of healing, grace, and pure love He has showered on me this past year is amazing! I started Hope’s Garden as a means to sharing the beautiful healing truth of Christ the Bridegroom’s deeply personal and intimate spousal love for each and everyone of us. He is the one, true, eternal Spouse of every soul regardless of your vocation or state in life. He offers His unconditional love and only asks that we reciprocate by opening our wounded hearts to His loving gaze and saying “Yes, let it be done unto me according to Your word.” I urge you to place any fears, doubts, and disbelief into our Mother Mary’s hands and ask her to w...[Read More]

My Vineyard Heart

Dear Roses, The Grace and Peace of God be with you! I am delighted to be writing to you again and sharing my love of the Bridegroom and His divine love song, The Song of Songs, with you. The Bridegroom’s love song is the root of all that is in bloom this autumn at Hope’s Garden. We will be live streaming the third session of our Eternally Loved Virtual Workshop tonight on our Facebook page. It is not too late to join us! Each session stands alone and offers many seeds for spiritual growth. Tonight’s talk by De Yarrison will focus on tending to the vineyard of our hearts so the focus of today’s letter is the verses from The Song of Songs that inspired this talk. “Take no notice of my swarthiness, it is the sun that has burnt me. My mother’s sons turned their anger on me, they made me look a...[Read More]

Eternally Loved

Dear Roses, This past weekend was the two year anniversary of Jesus leading me out of the desert of divorce and into His freedom. On the very evening that my divorce was finalized He came to me as the radiant beautiful Bridegroom of The Song of Songs and asked me to be His bride. As my children would say… Jesus didn’t wait a hot second to reveal His desire for me to be all His! In that moment, my response was disbelief… “Me?? You cannot possibly want me. I am such a mess!” And yet He did and He does! Not just despite my wounds and imperfections but actually because of them!  And now, I can say with the Bride of The Song of Songs, “I am black but lovely, daughters of Jerusalem.” because my Lord and my Bridegroom loves me right here and now and His love heals, sanctifies, and red...[Read More]

Return, return, to Jesus!

Dear Roses, “Return, return, O maid of Shulam!”  7:1 Praying this verse from The Song of Songs has been a key to maintaining my inner calm despite the chaos around me and anxious thoughts in my mind. Making it a frequent prayer is a reminder to pause, breathe deeply, and shift my focus, my thoughts, and my heart back to Jesus dwelling within me. As the bride of Christ, I am betrothed to Him Who is Peace; I am the “maid of Peace.” His peace that passes all understanding is mine if I choose to ask, to open, and to receive His peace again and again. And so when I feel myself becoming anxious and overwhelmed by the work and worries of life, by repeating slowly and prayerfully this Scripture, I choose to return interiorly to the One Who is my peace, the One Who is the Only One Necessary Thing. ...[Read More]

Come Out of Hiding

Dear Roses, Are you hiding from Jesus? Do you often feel like a timid, frightened dove hiding her face, silencing her voice, guarding her heart from everyone including Jesus? Today the Bridegroom of your soul is singing this verse of The Song of Songs to you. “My dove, hiding in the clefts of the rock,  in the coverts of the cliff,       show me your face,       let me hear your voice;       for your voice is sweet       and your face is beautiful.” The Song of Songs 2:14 Saint Francis de Sales’ paraphrase of this verse speaks straight to my heart. “Let us go, arise, says the Bridegroom, get out of yourself, fly toward me my dove, my very beautiful love. . . . Come my very dearly beloved, and to see me more clearly, come to the window through which I am looking for you; come to contemplate...[Read More]

Little Flower, Living Rose

Dear Roses, Blessed Feast of St. Thérèse, the Little Flower! She is truly a beautiful blooming fragrant Living Rose for the Bridegroom. I pray that she will shower each of you with roses from Heaven and be an inspiration and guide for you as you deepen your loving relationship with Jesus the Bridegroom of your soul. O Dear Saint Thérèse, beautiful Rose of the Beloved, teach me to bloom in Jesus’ love too. May I learn from you  to love with purity, trust, and selflessness while I live so that like you I might keep on loving from Heaven.  Teach me to love our Beloved Jesus with all my being, to open myself to receive and be transformed by His Merciful Love, and then to pour His Love out upon others in a constant steady shower of kindness, thoughtfulness, works of mercy, and sacrifices.  Teac...[Read More]

Your Unique Song of Songs

Dear Roses, One of the quotes from St. John Paul the Great from The Cantata of Love that has truly pierced my heart is this one, “Your journey must be like an original new edition of The Song of Songs.” As I have been looking back at my journey with the Bridegroom, I can see that this is exactly what Jesus and I have been doing! My life with the Bridegroom has become our own personal edition of The Song of Songs. As I gradually came to this realization, I was amazed and astounded. If anyone had told me two years ago that this was what God had planned for me I would have laughed and told them they were crazy! In fact, I think I did say this to Father Michael when he Would tell me that God had healing, restoration, and plans for a future full of goodness in store for me. But neither Father M...[Read More]

Transforming Love

Dear Roses, Jesus doesn’t just desire the transformation of our hearts. He desires our total and complete transformation in His Love… a transfiguration of our souls, hearts, minds, and bodies which necessarily leads to a transformation of our thoughts, words, and deeds. He wants to make us NEW in every way! As the Bridegroom heals our hearts and makes us new in His Love, we enter more fully into a spousal relationship with Him. And so we must take some time in prayer to ask Him, “My Jesus, how are You calling me to live our spousal love not just in my prayer time but throughout my day, in my vocation, work, leisure, and relationships with others? Show me how to live our Love.” At Hope’s Garden, as we journey through The Song of Songs with our guidebook The Cantata of Love, our hope i...[Read More]

In the School of the Bridegroom

Dear Roses, I am excited to tell you about a new theme, a new focus for our prayer and study of The Cantata of Love here at Hope’s Garden. On Monday we began our fall session of Brides of Christ heart-led Scripture studies of The Song of Songs and also created a new space on the website titled “In the School of the Bridegroom”. Jesus is our Divine Teacher. All that is necessary for us to learn from Him is to sit quietly at His feet with St. Mary and listen. The analogy of being “In the School of the Bridegroom” comes from the book The Cantata of Love. The following is an excerpt from Father Blaise Arminjon’s  explanation of verse 8:2. The Bride “I should lead you, I should take you into my mother’s house, and you would teach me! I should give you spiced wine to drink, juice of my pomegrana...[Read More]

Preparing the Wedding Feast for the Bridegroom

Dear Roses, In today’s Gospel, Jesus responds to the Pharisees question with a question.  “The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, ‘The disciples of John the Baptist fast often and offer prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same; but yours eat and drink.’  Jesus answered them, ‘Can you make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days.’” Luke 5:33-34 His question, “Can you make the wedding guests fast while the Bridegroom is with them?” has led my heart to reflect on the ways in which the Bridegroom is indeed with me and how can my heart offer Him a wedding feast. The Bride and The Bridegroom in The Song of Songs describe their love for one another in term...[Read More]

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