A growing spiritual life needs to be tended and weeded
When I began my first parish youth ministry job, the office I inherited had a plant.
Other than finding a place for it on the shelf, I can’t say I ever gave this plant a second thought. Luckily for the plant, our parish had a wonderful volunteer who came through the Church to water all our plants… and she quickly realized that this plant in my office was going to need her care and attention.
One afternoon, as my plant was apparently looking particularly sad (I hadn’t noticed), she quipped to me “Mike, you don’t deserve to have plants!” It should be