Roses, Lilies, Ivy and Violets

Roses, Lilies, Ivy and Violets


St Lawrence on Trial (detail)

Fra Angelico



The Roman Church commends to us today the anniversary of the triumph of St Lawrence. For in this day he trod the furious pagan world underfoot and flung aside it’s allurements, and so gained victory over Satan’s attack on his faith.


St Augustine writes that the Holy Martyrs followed Christ and reproduced His passion even to the shedding of their blood, however the bridge was not broken after they crossed, nor was the fountain of life dried up after they had drunk from it.


I tell you again and again my brethren, that in the Lord’s garden are to be found not only the roses of His martyrs.

In it there are also,


:: the lilies of the virgins

:: the ivy of wedded couples 

:: and the violets of widows.        


On no account may any class of people despair, thinking that God has not called them. Christ suffered for all….

Let us understand, then how a Christian must follow Christ even though he does not shed his blood for Him.

and his faith is not called upon to undergo the great test of the martyrs suffering.

—From a sermon by St Augustine, bishop
(Sermo 304, 1-4: PL 38, 1395-1397)





  1. Victor S E Moubarak
    Aug 10, 2012

    What a great reflection. Thank you.

    God bless.

    • Caroline
      Aug 10, 2012

      I love St Augustine…Thanks for visiting , Victor Blessings and +

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