This afternoon, it just so happened, I had the pleasure of taking a good friend of mine to the farmers market. Several of the venders sell flowers and I noticed only one of them had sweet peas. I love the scent of them. But more so, the meaning behind them to me. Their fragrance is intoxicating, but the name “Sweet Pea” to me is a personal representation of the “Chi Rho”. The Chi Rho is one of the earliest forms of christogram, and is used by Christians. It is formed by superimposing the first two letters in the Greek spelling of the word Christ ( Greek : “Χριστός” ), chi = ch and rho = r, in such a way to produce the monogram ☧. Although not technically a cross, the Chi Rho invokes the crucifixion of Jesus as well as symbolizing his status as the Christ I see the letter “P” in the symbol as our Lord, and the “X” as His passion. Thus, “Sweet P”. Or Sweet Christ.
Back to the farmers market. I was able to purchase some bunches of them, and on my way back to dropping Sister back at Church, I wanted to place them in Adoration for our Lord. As I was walking toward the chapel, I noticed that our statue of Christ The King had a small vase and the flowers weren’t exactly perky and the water was rather green. So I dumped out the water and tossed the old flowers away and next to the garbage can, “It Just So Happened”, was a small clean vase. I picked it up, mind you, there is no water available in a close proximity to the statue, and realized “It Just So Happened”, the sprinkler system had just turned on. I was able then, to fill the vase via water from the sprinkler system. I placed some of the Sweet Peas in the vase, and left them at the feet of Christ The King.
“It Just So Happened”, as I was walking to the Adoration Chapel, a woman was walking out. Usually at this time of day, around 3:30 PM or so, there are many souls in the chapel, praying with our Lord. I walked in and was amazed the chapel was empty. He is never supposed to be left alone. I placed the flowers in a small vase and was able to spend more time with our Lord then I had indented to . “It Just So Happened”, it was one of the best personal moments alone with our Lord, I have had.
Wondering why so many “It Just So Happened”? There are no coincidences, only miracles.
EDIT to add: “It Just So Happened” At 6:00 PM this evening, I received a call to go back to adoration for a fill in for someone who could not make it. I did with so much joy. After an hour Adoration began to fill again with souls seeking our Lord. I left and went back to the Statue of Christ the King and “It Just So Happened” that someone placed a religious candle there also. I noticed it while I was there earlier with the flowers, but I hadn’t looked at it, or ever thought to read it. It was brand new and not lit. I picked it up and the prayer was St. Jude “Jesus I confide in you” with the picture of the Divine Mercy. The prayer is as follows:
Jesus, in you I trust:
Oh! Merciful Jesus! whose kindness is infinite and whose treasure of compassion is inexhaustible. I trust infinitely in your mercy which supercedes all your works. I consecrate myself eternally to you so that I may live underneath the rays of your love and mercy which radiate from your Sacred Heart on the cross. I desire to promote your mercy through spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Especially converting sinners, counseling the sick and afflicted and helping the poor. You will protect me as your property and your glory. I fear my weaknesses and trust in your great mercy. May all of humanity come to know the profundity of your great mercy and in it put all of their hope and worship it for all of eternity. Amen
I found this prayer to be so beautiful and so true, “It just so happened” I felt such a deep need to share it with all.