Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Friday 04 December |
home iconLifestyle
line break icon

God's Plenitude Shines Forth from the Vegetable Garden. Praise Him!

Jeff Goldman

Rachel Lu - published on 08/08/14

As wonderful as that is, the physical nourishment is really more of a bonus. I need the garden for spiritual food. In a sterilized, alienated, technocratic age, the garden is soul-therapy. It enables me to gorge myself on life and hope and that decadent late-summer fecundity. It gives me glimpses of God’s grandeur, flaming out “like shining from shook foil.” Watching the tomato jungle come into its own each year, I am encouraged and cheered by the reminder that, for all the heaviness of our benighted age, nature is never spent, and that dearest freshness remains deep down.

We owe it to ourselves to enjoy these respites from the chaos and despair of modern life. When God seems impossibly far away, check the vegetable patch. I often find him lingering among the rainbow chard.

Rachel Luteaches philosophy at the University of St. Thomas and writes for Crisis Magazine and The Federalist. Follow her on Twitter at @rclu.

  • 1
  • 2
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in eight languages: English, French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Top 10
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful...
Andrea Bocelli
J-P Mauro
Andrea Bocelli to perform live Christmas conc...
John Burger
Priest who volunteered for COVID-19 vaccine t...
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to t...
Theresa Civantos Barber
Walk with Mary this Advent as a sweet alterna...
John Burger
12 Historical figures who read 'The Imitation...
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.