“All roses are open to the elements.
They bud, bloom, and fade.
The rose grows entirely unaware, changing naturally from one state to another.
And although the elements may treat her cruelly,
She knows nothing of it and continues to her end without judgement on her beauty.”
– Sabine De Barra from the film “A Little Chaos”
Humans, being starkly aware of their mortality, do not have the luxury of living in blissful ignorance as roses do. It seems much easier for us to fret over wrinkles and gray hair than it is to accept that we are just as majestic, changeable and glorious as the rose in all of our stages. It is tempting to think of the life cycle of the rose, from bud to bloom, from fruit to seed, as the story of human maturity over a single lifetime.
Humans dream, imagine, transform themselves, act with courage, remain committed to goodness, persevere, sacrifice for each other…humans are capable of love. In those very acts, we are continuously blooming, from morning to evening, from moment to moment throughout our lives – beginning, growing, ending, and being reborn to ourselves and to each other. It is through the truth of self-giving love that we “bloom a million roses” (Austriaco, 2015). In that lies the greatest miracle. Love is eternal.
Music “A Little Chaos” from the film with the same title. Enjoy!
To contemplate a stunning picture of lilies in three stages of bloom visit Jerry Vis nature photography at his website here.
Austriaco, N., O.P. (2015, June). Science and religion seminar. Lecture presented at the Institute for Church Life at The University of Notre Dame: South Bend, Indiana.
Rickman, A. (Director). (2014). A little chaos [Transcript and music]. United Kingdom: BBC films.