Hidden Harvests


The season is mostly over here in Southern Minnesota. The temperatures are becoming cooler. Next week, we might experience our first frost. Usually this frost is not a killing frost, but it does kill many plants and insects. (This is the day when most Minnesotans thank God because the first frost means the end of the mosquito for the year.)

As gardens are emptied of their dying foliage, we find hidden treasures of the garden. Today, I found one last pumpkin hidden in a prickly bush to which the pumpkin vines had anchored. Such a delightful treasure it was to find!

God must feel the same way about His children whom He loves. He is greatly offended by our sins. He is greatly offended when we willingly commit sins of the flesh which pierce His Sacred Heart, but when a treasure is unearthed in our soul, how much He rejoices in that love which we give to Him.

When the withered vines of our souls are ripped away from the attachments to which they are anchored, and in that soul, hidden in the dead fines, is a treasure of love for God, heaven rejoices. The sinner who has returned to God is a prize for which the angels praise God. The saints lift their joy to Him over that single soul in whom a great treasure was found.

When we repent and return to God, heaven cannot contain it’s joy! God is love. In spite of the hurts to His Most Sacred Heart, God loves you and me in spite of our sinful nature. He made us to love Him and serve Him in this world and in the next. He gave us the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Through the priest, God forgives us of our sins. Take advantage of this sacrament. Not only will you feel better, you will take another step towards holiness, and heaven will rejoice!

Oh, My Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy Mercy.