Is this a spider or what?
Actually, it's an Air Plant.
This is the kind of plant that grows only on air?
Actually, no, it doesn't.
Even though it is called an
an Air Plant does require watering.
The directions recommend
rinsing the plant under running water and wetting it down completely, at least once a week.
(Oooops! I knew I forgot something!)
Then, the directions say, that the plant should be soaked in a water bath for, at least, 20-30 minutes on a weekly basis.
The directions continue by saying that, if you forget to do this, or you live in a very dry climate, you should mist your plant frequently and rinse it under a spray of water, 2-3 times per week.
In addition to this, you should soak your plant, weekly, in a water bath, for 2 hours.
After that, you should allow the Air Plant to dry out completely, in circulating air, for 4 hours.
(I thought this was going to be an easy plant to grow!)
All that aside, this silly, little Air Plant, made me think of Our Lady,
Mother of God,
and how she takes care of her children.
She is always available to give us her love.
(The misting and the watering, when she mists and waters, Mary does this with the Living Waters of Jesus.)
If we need it, she will let us soak in the love of her
to fortify and strengthen us.
If we ask her for something, we can be assured that she will take it to her Son for us.
He must smile when she goes to Him with her arms full of requests from her children!
If we are dry, due to a sin condition, or we are in a state of aridity,
will mist us more frequently each day.
She will let us soak in the living waters of Jesus longer and longer
so that we will be
armed for battle
ready to grow in the Love of God.
She has told visionaries,
"If you knew how much I loved you, you would cry for joy!"
I'm not sure we can actually realize this great love that our
has for us,
when we see her as our true
and she is the Mother of God who is Love,
then we might begin to realize how much she loves her children.
Now, my tillandsias (Air Plant), needs a better mother.
I guess it's time to change.
I'm glad I read the directions again.
I don't think Our Mother needs directions.
Her heart is full of love for us,
and that's all that matters.
I suspect that if we asked her for refuge in her Immaculate Heart,
we would never be turned away.
Say a Rosary and invite your Mom in for tea.