Spiritual Bouquet

“Prayers, like seeds, grow into God’s great blessings.”

The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word,
San Antonio offer a
“Spiritual Bouquet of Prayers”
“In gratitude for your work during a very challenging time.”

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A Spiritual Bouquet is a devotional practice for Catholics.
Each flower, butterfly, and bird in the painting represents
a prayer offered for each of you and your families.

May the image remind you our prayers bless your
commitment to extend the healing
ministry of Jesus Christ.

Praised be the Incarnate Word!

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I am honored Sister Teresa Maya, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Charity, invited me to create and paint her vision for a Spiritual Bouquet. Her loving desire is to share her gratitude for the prayers, work and devotion of the many health care worker in support of the Congregation and Sisters’ mission, during these very difficult times of Covid.

A Little History

The Congregation of The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, was founded in Lyon, France. In 1869, three young Roman Catholic women arrived in San Antonio, Texas, at the request of Bishop Claude Dubuis, with their mission, to help the area recover from a deadly cholera epidemic and serve “to make God’s love a lived reality by service to education, women, children and the elderly, and the elimination of poverty.”

They soon established the first hospital in San Antonio-, Santa Rosa Hospital, a hospital of charity, followed by hospitals throughout the state.

In 1874, the Sisters established orphanages, which led to opening schools in Texas, Louisiana, Illinois, Missouri and Mexico. In 1881, The Sisters were given the authority to operate schools on all educational levels. That year, they opened, The Incarnate Word College, a college, chartered for women. In 1971, the college became coed, although the Nursing School always admitted men. The school became The University of the Incarnate Word in 1996.

Now, 153 years after 3 French Sisters arrived in San Antonio, there are 5 Christus Santa Rosa Hospitals in the San Antonio area as part of CHRISTUS Health, a non-profit health care systems, as well as additional hospitals throughout the United States and Mexico.

For more information and history about The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, please go to: https://www.amormeus.org/en/

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I am humbled my SPIRITUAL BOUQUET painting, giclee’ prints and cards have been lovingly received by many worshipers and health workers in the U. S. and Mexico. Framed prints of the SPIRITUAL BOUQUET, were recently hung in the lobbies of the 5 Christus Santa Rosa Hospitals, for their Employee Appreciation Day, and presented to the CEOs of CHRISTUS Health, the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospitals and CHRISTUS Mugerza Hospital in Mexico.

A big shout out to my fellow Texas Master Naturalists, for spending years clearing invasive plant species from the campus of The University of the Incarnate Word and replacing them with native plants which support the lives of native pollinators. The Native Pollinator Gardens you created around Brackenridge Villa, are filled with wonder and delight, part of the inspiration for Sr. Tere’s SPIRITUAL BOUQUET.

The flora and fauna in SPIRITUAL BOUQUET are native to Texas and Mexico. The white Madonna Lilies are native to the Middle East.

I am so very thankful to my dear friend, Carolyn Cox for introducing me to Sr. Tere’.

“Prayers, like seeds, grow into God’s great blessings.”

(joy fisher hein 2021)