Centry old olive tree in the Garden of Gethsemane

The Garden of Gethsemane

The Hebrew meaning for Gethsemane is “oil press.” The Garden of Gethsemane is located in the Mount of Olives. This same oil was used in the lighting of the Temple lamps and for the anointing of kings. Jesus was called the Messiah, which means “the anointed one.”

In order to get the fullness of the olive it  must be crushed three times. As Jesus goes into the garden to pray he asked his disciples to stay awake and pray. Three times He found them sleeping.  Jesus knew what He had to face; the agony in the garden, where He would be crushed like the olives for the weight of the sins of the world. In Jesus’ case, He was crushed until His sweat turned into blood.

Luke 22:44   New American Bible (Revised Edition)

I had a baby, and I was responsible for him. The baby was very dirty; he looked as if he had not had a bath in days. I quickly put him in the bathtub but in the commotion, I was distracted. I started to do other things. Then I remembered the baby. I ran in and started scrubbing the dirt off of him.

What does this dream mean? This is my interpretation: the baby represents something new that has been entrusted to me. I failed to pay attention to the baby. The outcome of my neglect was that things with the baby were not right.

The Classes

I have volunteered to teach First Holy Communion and Confirmation classes at St. Norbert.  So, after this dream, I started to review some of the lessons. Preparing for something God has entrusted me with, I must  have a pure and yielding spirit.

Since I struggle with dates and times, I quickly posted all the dates of the class in my phone calendar with a reminder.                          .

The Distraction

It’s easy to unwillingly open the door to distraction. Mine come in different forms such as unnecessary shopping or trying to find something entertaining on Netflix. I like true life stories and documentaries, but I love romantic comedies.

No More Garbage

In almost every case, a spirit of perversion is introduced in the third or fourth segment of romantic miniseries. I’m disgusted with Turkish, Italian and Jewish miniseries. They are following the same script of  some American moviemakers who are doing a wonderful job of destroying entertainment. Their agenda is for us to always accept a sinful lifestyle as the norm.


I pray a lot. But sometimes I need assurance from the Lord, so I go  deeper into the garden. Alone, I separate myself from the world and pray. I usually start with a Rosary and then continue to add other petitions. Part of my calling is to pray for others.  Many times I feel a burden to pray for our nation and the crazy politicians who are running it.

My first priority is always for my family. I pray for their health, favor in their workplace, for our grandchildren to do well in school. I also pray for the future spouses for our grandchildren because God has the perfect man or woman set aside for them. I pray for the spiritual direction of many. For those who do not understand who they are in God’s Kingdom, I ask the Lord to reveal Himself in a dream to them..

Be the Light

We all could use a little crushing.  Always remember that the oil from the olive trees was used for lighting. We are the light that can never be extinguished.


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