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The garden of conscience

The garden of conscience

In even the best kept gardens, weeds still grow.  However the best-kept gardens are weeded frequently and therefore there is no chance that those weeds grow so large that they choke the  flowers or even block them from view.  Some weeds, like dandelions, have deep tap roots and so they need more care – and probably a trowel – when removing them.

Ground elder is a particularly pernicious weed that can grow over your flowers and, left untreated, can take over your garden.  To eradicate it from your garden takes a lot of time, effort and perseverance.

To be a good gardener, you don’t need to be super-brainy; just diligent.  You are never alone in a garden.  There are always little worms helping to improve the quality of your soil.  There are always slugs lurking in the undergrowth, ready to devour most tender plants.

It strikes me that a conscience can be very much like a garden.  It can be like Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Secret Garden: a place that is almost forgotten about, a place where seeds that were planted by the Master Gardener maybe decades ago have been neglected and choked by weeds.  However, remember that the Secret Garden was by no means dead.  With a little care, it ‘bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles’ (ch18)

As we step into the new liturgical year, let’s consider the garden of our conscience.  And as part of our preparations to welcome the Son, let’s  resolve to be diligent gardeners who take time to tend the garden of our conscience on a daily basis, so that the seeds planted within us may bear their fruit in due season.

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