Today our priest gave out blessed roses--something I'd never seen before.
Today is the feast of St. Rita, our parish's patron and it is a tradition to bless roses on that day. The tradition comes from a story of Rita asking for a rose from her garden on her death bed. It was winter and snow was on the ground. Nevertheless, the attending sister went outside and found a single rose blooming in the garden.
Today, in honor of St. Rita, stop and smell the roses, and then, thank God for them!