I saw an article on Spirit Daily yesterday about the mystical phenomena of an erupting rose that occured sixteen times in Maria Esperanza. This article made made me want to re-read the chapter "The Bridal Wreath - Flowers as Virtues in Church Tradition" in Sr Anne Woods' wonderful book about TLIG, Invitation to Be One With Christ. If it weren't for TLIG, I wouldn't have known what to make of the above phenomena. But True Life in God has many references to flowers and of their fragrance perfuming the world, the cosmos, etc. Sr Anne says (as do other saints) that these are references to the Garden of Eden and the "flowers on the soil" are the virtues that God plants in us. Maria Esperanza, seemed like an exceptional saint, like a feminine Padre Pio given the extent of mystical events in her life. But one thing that struck me about her, is how much LOVE came from Maria and how much her family and friends loved her. In the biography that I read, her children said that they could barely keep away from her for very long because they yearned to be in her presence, since she seemed to let Christ's love come through her pores. Could the erupting rose be the physical manifestation of this virtue which was so present in her? There is a passage in TLIG here about a rose springing forth in Vassula. have My peace and be patient, come and say: "Father, all Merciful, I am slow of understanding your Divine Will;" say it; 2 this is what I want from you: be calm, my bride, and do not overload yourself with work; a rose has sprung in you, fresh and blooming, and while you are seated in silent meditation, contemplating Us, uniting yourself to Us, the scent of your rose fragrances Us, sending Us a most delicate scent, while We watch over you, sending Our rays in you, keeping it fresh and blooming; were you to stop contemplating Us, the loveliness of your rose will fade away.... This passage reminds me of Christ telling Martha that her sister had the better part (ie to focus on Christ and not let work get in the way of that).