Sometimes she was seen stopping to marvel at the flowers in the grounds. A rose drew her eye. A simple rose, without a name. The rose never speaks its name. It does not introduce itself. It is not concerned to know if it is being looked at or admired. It simply flowers, pure reflection of a Beauty which is beyond any name. Its brilliance is ecstasy, its silence, praise. Attentive, Jeanne seemed to be listening to the silence of the rose.” The Dessert and the Rose by Eloi Leclerc
It was a community effort! A generous benefactor donated a beautiful new sign that is easier to see. Volunteer “garden angels” tenderly tend to the flower beds and our meticulous staff conscientiously care for our grounds. All of this hard work earned St. Joseph’ s Home a 1st Place in the Business Category of the 2014 Palatine Hometown Pride Award. This award was created to honor properties in Palatine that have beautiful landscaping and exceptional curb appeal.
This year’s mild summer weather has made it especially nice for us to enjoy the serenity and beauty of the outdoors. We are blessed to have easily accessible walkways and paths around our landscape. St. Jeanne Jugan often spent time walking in the solitude of the meadows and woods praying the rosary. On any given day, you can find us outside strolling, enjoying a picnic or concert, or praying. Whether it is sitting at a bench near the pond, in front our many statues, on one of the covered patios or just outside the front door, there is a favourite spot for everyone. In the moments of solitude, many quiet, fervent prayers of thanksgiving are silently offered for our volunteers, benefactors and staff that help us make God’s beautiful summer creations an oasis of serenity for us!
Above: Mother Marguerite accepts the 1st Place Palatine Hometown Pride Award from Mayor Jim Schwantz.