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Mary Olivia Patiño

May, the Month of Mary, Queen of Heaven



My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;

My spirit rejoices in God my savior.

-Luke 1:46-47


Mary Olivia  Patiño, MTS

 "Sweetpeas "


Seeds and new plants are on my mind. Yesterday, early in the morning, I took my small garden shovel and dug into the moist soil.  Carefully scooping the soil to the sides, I formed several trenches about six inches long. Opening the packets, I dropped a few tiny, almost undetectable, larkspur seeds in my hand before scattering them into the soil. Next, I planted infinitesimal snapdragon seeds. Nearby, I dropped sweet pea seeds (grayish/brown, miniature apple-shaped) into the receptive earth. 

Covering them with the soil I’d moved to one side, I whispered, “Please grow for me. I can’t wait to see you in your glory.” This was my second ‘planting’ of sweet peas.

The sweet peas that I’d sown a few days ago are already sprouting little plants. I can’t wait! I can’t wait for their slender vines to grow and intertwine with the rose bush, irises, and Easter lilies. I await the dainty blossoms from each of the different seeds when the plants are fully grown.

But the sweetpeas call out to me.  Maybe  because my Dad's voice reaches me from his heavenly home:

"Hello,  sweetpea!"


Moments of Grace:


Writing helps us 'explore'  our spiritual wellspring.  Be ready for the surprising memories that may surface, for the joy they bring or for the opportunity of healing. 

Enter into the experience:  write to remember, to create, or to leave a legacy.  

  A Meditation on Gratitude

Fr. James Martin, S.J. offers a meditation on gratitude and on "savoring occasions."..which can be "antidotes for our increasingly rushed lives".  (America Magazine online, November 24, 2018).


Author Geraldine Guadagno has several books.  Here is one, below:

5 Steps to Facing Suffering by Geraldine Guadagno


The Moss Rose Antique Shop by Glee Miller

Mary Olivia  Patiño is a poet and author.  Her work has been published in various venues.  A recent article about a parish writing group was published in Today's Catholic -San Antonio Archdiocesan newspaper.

Lourdes Grotto & Guadalupe Tepeyac

A Spirituality of Daily Praise


A Cup of Faith

by Mary Olivia Patiño, MTS


A Cup of Faith

“My days are so busy, cooking, washing, and doing errands. You name it. I can’t seem to find time to just relax or even to sit down and pray.  I almost need to draw up a list of all I have to do. How do you start your day?” We were in a café, about to order a cup of coffee. I was trying to decide over a ‘potato & egg’ or a ‘bean & cheese’ taco, among my usual favorites. Listening to my friend’s question, I also knew that she does take her faith seriously, and lives it. Today, she sounded a little tired. Yet, the question was still valid and led me to the following  reflection:

How do I start my day? 

Here are three suggestions to start the day:

-Give thanks. Lift up your mind and thoughts in gratitude. Expressing gratitude is paramount, the ‘first order’, and a way of praying.

-Open the front or back door and take in the beauty before you. This is one way of praising God.

-Start the coffee! 

Nature invites us to pause, slow down, and reflect on the beauty of creation. I enjoy the bluejays, mockingbirds, and cardinals that fly across my horizon; sometimes they spring down from the tree branches to munch on birdseed I’ve placed outdoors. Occasionally, I catch a glimpse of Carolina wrens or a back crested titmouse. I’ve dubbed the ‘pesky’ squirrels who eat the seed or dig up my planters as ‘you rascally creatures’. However, I do enjoy watching them ‘freeze’ against the tree limbs when they hear me object to their antics. 

But for those who don’t have the luxury of a back yard, or don’t wake up near a park, focus on whatever is before you.  Sometimes, a cup of coffee or tea is all it takes for me to breathe in God's goodness. The feel of a warm cup in hand and the aroma emanating is heavenly! 

For me, the simple ritual of brewing coffee, serving myself, and sitting down to relax is a nice time to give thanks, and reflect on the day which is about to begin. It is my way of seeing life through a ‘Cup of Faith’. It is good to the taste, and good for the soul. It can also be a way of ‘pray-er’ in the midst of a busy day.


Reflect on the ways that you start your day, pray or offer the day to the Lord. Let the Holy Spirit guide you.


Care for a Cup of Faith?

My "Cups of Faith" feature photographs that I have taken as well as 'sayings' or quotations from Sacred Scripture.  A selection of two quotes for the The Red Birds:  "Celebrate" ; or "The Birds of heaven dwell; from among the branches they send forth their song."



More of my writing can be found in Moments of Grace:  A Collection of Poetry Inspired by Faith.  Find me on 

My Book - Moments of Grace

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