the garden enclosed restoration
Posted October 29, 2014:One Man's Scrap, Another Man's Gold (October 2014)Milestones (October 2014)Copyright Â© 2014 Madonna House and/or the author.The Garden Enclosed - RestorationThe Garden EnclosedFor a good number of years now, I have been hearing the term, "the garden enclosed," and I have learned that it means "the place in your heart where you meet God." I never liked the term.Yes, it had nice "romantic" associations, but in reality, my heart was just an overgrown weed-bed. Or so I thought. It wasnâ€™t a place where I wanted to spend time, let alone a place where I could imagine God wanting to be.So I would just meet the Lord elsewhereâ€”places like the well-tended gardens of the Mass and the tabernacle and the monstrance. Always I was going out, never inviting the Lord in.It was only this past May, while I was attending our local directorsâ€™ meetings that this started to change.One day during the second week of the three-week-long meetings, we were talking about the inner and outer forum and how we at Madonna House approach them. We had a good discussion on it, one that taught me more about how to be a local director than anything else I had heard in the three years I have been a director and attending those meetings. One of the things said was that the inner forum was the garden enclosed, the place where we meet God. Nothing new there, but somehow this time the place sounded inviting, like a place where I could spend some time. In fact, this time, the idea of a place within my heart where I could meet and talk with my Maker intrigued me. Over the last while, my prayer before the Blessed Sacrament had started to become not enough. Why did I have to sit before the Blessed Sacrament in order to pray? And why was prayer in my room so awkward? Maybe thatâ€™s why this place in my heart now sounded attractive.Then I remembered something Fr. David May had said the week before at the very beginning of the meetings. He was reading from the book, The Heart of the World by Hans Urs von Balthasar, the chapter on the crucifixion.In that book, the author talked about the crucifixion as a wound blossoming, not in pain but in love and out of love, saving us. The Resurrection, he said, was the blossom of the crucifixion.