Some seeds fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. They sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
A Word of Hope
For those who put their faith in God, all things are possible. Faith is trusting in, hoping in, and believing in an outcome. It is like planting a seed. If you plant a seed in good soil, then it will grow. Conversely, if you plant a seed on a pile of rocks, then it will shrivel up and die. The love of God is good soil, but the riches of this world are merely stones by comparison. A woman will devote herself to what she has faith in, and just as her journey will follow the direction of her thoughts, she will rise or fall according the quality of her meditations. When a woman cares for God, God cares for her. Conversely, when a woman cares for the world, it is the world which cares for her.
It is not wise to invest in a temporary thing, for once it has passed away, so too does the source of one’s income go away. God is eternal and the flame of God’s love never diminishes over time. This world is a temporary thing; we cannot stay here forever.
To follow God is to invest towards a guaranteed future; the world can only offer temporary pleasures. God made the world and all its pleasures; so then, do not measure the grain above the farmer. We trust that God can do anything, even raise the dead; therefore, our faith should be in the One who can assure us a good life.
Every tree was once a seed. Every achievement was once a dream. If a farmer neglects to water his seed, then he does not expect a harvest. Likewise, if a person does not feed their faith by continually seeking the path, then they will never find it. Choose the land in which you plant your seed carefully, for it will mean either life or death for the seed. God never fails, and those who put their faith in God are never disappointed.
By our faith in You, we rise. When we are attacked, our faith defends us. When we are hurt, our faith heals us. When we are brought low, our faith lifts us up. Protect our faith. Never let the flame diminish but fan our flames until they are an all-consuming fire. We put our faith in You, and we know that You are true. Bless You now and forevermore. Amen.
Order of St. Francis and St. Clare