April 11, 2011: His Blood Upon the Rose

~ by Mary Galvano

The time before Easter is a time to reflect on the great love that Jesus has for all of us. His love is so great that it put Him through suffering and death. His divine love and the work of the Holy Trinity caused Him to rise.

Creation takes part in the Passion of Christ. The sign of crosses at the tips of pine trees is an example of how in sync nature truly is with the Creator. These pine tree crosses seem to develop close to Holy Week each year. This is a miracle that only God can explain. God is present in all creation through wonderful mysterious ways. His creations can tell a story.

The Irish poet, Joseph Mary Plunkett (martyred at the age of 28), understood this very well. His study of the mystics John of the Cross, Theresa of Avila, and Francis de Sales is discernable in his poetry. Below is one of my favorite poems of his, representing the crucifixion of Jesus in the signs of the earth.

I See His Blood Upon the Rose

by Joseph Mary Plunkett (1887-1916)

I see his blood upon the rose
And in the stars the glory of His eyes,
His body gleams amid eternal snows,
His tears fall from the skies.

I see his face in every flower;
The thunder and the singing of the birds
Are but His voice — and carven by His power
Rocks are His written words.

All pathways by His feet are worn,
His strong heart stirs the ever-beating sea,
His crown of thorns is twined with every thorn,
His cross is every tree.


Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

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