Thursday, July 3, 2008

Staking tomatoes

I spent several hours with my tomato plants (there are 36 in all) yesterday afternoon, tying them to stakes. They are all still quite small and fragile, due to an unseasonably cool early summer, so the job required great care and concentration. As I worked, as gently as possible, I was reminded of the tenderness that God has for us, and his great desire that we bear fruit.

Here are pictures of the varieties I planted this year:

Cuore di bue -- fourteen plants!!

Green gage ping pong

San Marzano Plum

Purple Cherokee

Roma Plum


Black Krim -- already has three yellow flowers!

Golden Jubilee


clairity said...

Such beautiful varieties. I can't wait to see the result!

Justine said...

I'm thinking we need to break out of our red-rut next year. Did you plant seeds?

Dumbstruck by the Mystery

...our temptation is always to impose our prejudices or our measure on reality -- except when we are faced with a fact that leaves us dumbstruck, and instead of dominating the fact ourselves, we are dominated, overcome by it. If there were no moments of this kind, the Mystery could do anything, but in the end, we would reduce everything to the usual explanation. But not even a Nobel Prize winner can stop himself from being dumbstruck before an absolutely gratuitous gesture. If there were not these moments, we would find answers, explanations, and interpretations to avoid being struck by anything. It is good that some things happen that we cannot dominate, then we have to take them seriously, and this is the great question of philosophy. If the conditions for the possibility of knowledge (see Kant) impose themselves on reality or if there is something that is so powerfully disproportionate that it does not let itself be "grasped" by the conditions of possibility, then the horizon opens. If this were not the case, then we could dominate everything and be in peace, or at least without drama. Instead, not even the intelligence of a Nobel Prize winner could prevent him from coming face-to-face with a fact that made him dumbstruck -- instead of dominating, it was he who was dominated. Here begins the drama, because I am called to answer. It is the drama that unfolds between us and the Mystery, through certain facts, certain moments, in which the Mystery imposes itself with this evidence. These are facts that we cannot put in our pocket, which we cannot reduce to antecedent factors.
-- Julian Carron in "Friends, that is, Witnesses."