Those little wild violets. The flowers of the papal canonization and Divine Mercy weekend in Poland 2014.
They are sprouting up in the garden, lawn and everywhere- those pretty little violets, St Faustina's flower. I have noted that they don't last long if you pick them, but what if you transfer the flower with root and all? Since I like to keep little arrangements in my homeshrines, this was a new thought.
So far so good- they look quite happy and it's been half a day. With a regular change of water, who knows? Maybe they'll last for a while.
Seeing those little violets today reminded me of my recent visit to Poland, particularly the Krakow region, and all of the flowers I photographed along the way.
The image of Divine Mercy, shown here, is from the Shrine of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. I observed that the churches commissioned an artist to paint an original image for their chapel or side altar (instead a mass-produced copy). In this one, Jesus is standing in a field of wild flowers. More on this.
In cities and busy towns, flowers don't grow as randomly as in the country. Most often someone has placed or planted them with care as a tribute, as a sign of love or devotion or just as a friendly greeting for others to enjoy.
On the right, a gardener is dropping off a load at the Divine Mercy Shrine (complex) in Poland. It was rainy in Poland at the end of April, but the flowers didn't mind.
With love from Poland:
"The name 'heart’s-ease' [for violet] came from the woman St. Euphrasia, whose name in Greek signifies cheerfulness of mind. The woman, who refused marriage and took the veil, was considered a pattern of humility, hence the name 'humble violet'" (wiki source).
Sr. Faustina's room and mediation on the violet link.
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