A “spiritual bouquet” is a group of prayers gathered for a particular person or intention. Each prayer is like a flower and the bouquet is mystically offered as a gift to God for that person’s intentions. Those who participate give a certain amount of prayers and devotions for the intention. Sometimes the prayers are promised in advance, and sometimes gathered into a single bouquet from many people.
Here’s how this one will work. Today is August 15th, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. Beginning today and going to September 15th, which is Bishop Matano’s birthday, many of us will be keeping track of our prayer offerings for him. Masses? Communions? Novenas? Rosaries?Pilgrimages? So many other possibilities! There is no one to whom to report your list and no promises in advance that might be broken. Just what we’ve done.
Just get a birthday card for Bishop Matano, and keep adding to it after each offering is completed (or keep your own list and write the card just before his birthday.) Then send the card to his office to arrive in time for his birthday on Monday, September 15th. Enclose a note from you or your family, and other gestures of appreciation….whatever your heart calls you to do! We have been blessed!
And please tell your friends, church members, neighbors, other parents, co-workers asap so they can begin to do the same thing. Let’s make this a true flower flood!
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