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May 20 – Rooted in Love

Live on in me, as I do in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit of itself apart from the vine, neither can you bear fruit apart from me. I am the vine; you are the branches. (John 15:4-5)

Deep in the ancient forests of Australia, the majestic mountain ash tree stands tall, its roots reaching deep into the earth. These giants of the forest are not solitary beings; they are interconnected through a vast underground network of roots and fungal threads, nicknamed the wood wide web. Through this intricate system, the trees share nutrients, water, and even send chemical signals to one another, supporting the growth and resilience of the entire forest community.

Franciscan spirituality reminds us that, like the mountain ash, we are called to be rooted in the soil of God’s love. As we cultivate a life of contemplation and presence, we tap into the deep well of divine grace that sustains and nourishes us. We discover that we are not meant to journey alone but are part of a vast network of spiritual companionship, where we can both give and receive support, wisdom, and love. As we abide in this sacred connection, we bear the fruit of compassion, healing, and hope, contributing to the flourishing of the world.


1. How can I deepen my roots in the rich soil of God’s love, drawing strength and nourishment from this sacred source?

2. In what ways can I contribute to the spiritual resilience and growth of my community, as I abide in the vine of divine presence?


Loving God, root me deeply in your boundless love. As I draw sustenance from your presence through contemplation and prayer, may I bear the fruit of compassion and hope, joining with others to create a world that reflects your grace and beauty.


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