I have been making cones for a week now, long into the night, every night. They will be ready for soaking by next week when they are finally completely dry.
Many hopes and dreams were rolled into these new fragrances and cones, and I just wanted to share with you the inspiration for each of them. I only pray that my hands and my nose are worthy. My hands are very sore after making all these cones! I can hardly type. My arthritis is my reminder of how imperfect I am.
The following are how the labels for each will read, but they are the sayings of holy men that I have held captive in my heart for a long while now. I hope these sayings will bless your life too.
“The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the camels of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD.”
“ The man who follows Christ in solitary mourning is greater than he
who praises Christ amid the congregation of men.” St. Isaac the Syrian
Bedu means “one who lives in the desert”. The desert is not about geography. It is about the uncharted landscape in our own hearts, that keeps us from God.–BPI
“As a pilot calls on winds and a storm-tossed mariner looks
homeward, so the times call on you to win your way to God. As
God’s athlete, be sober; the stake is immortality and eternal
life.” St. Ignatius the God-bearer
Cedars of Lebanon
Ps. 92″The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar in Lebanon” (Psalm 92:12).
“At the Last Judgment the righteous will be recognized only by
their humility and their considering themselves worthless, and not
by good deeds, even if they have done them. This is the true
attitude.” Holy New Hieromartyr Barlaam
“In Africa, I saw how true the Gospel of Christ is! Everything that He said about the possession of men by the demons, I saw first hand. However, the Living and True God is more powerful than Satan and all his servants. Let it be understood, however, that true missionary-apostolic work cannot be carried out in Africa if one does not decide to leave his bones there.”
Blessed Cosmas of Grigoriu