|Irises, by Vincent van Gogh, painted 1889, a year before his death.|
Some notes about the character of irises...
|The "harsh" conditions under which iris flowers|
thrive reminds us of the Way of the Cross,
and how the difficulties, pain and suffering
of the Cross brings out the flowers
of virtue and the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
With this in mind, let us imagine a soul that God is looking upon and shaping, as the potter with his clay.
Blue is the color of wisdom and green the color of hope, white is the color of faith and purity, brown is the color of humility.
|An iris known as "the blood iris." As the iris opens up its petals,|
it symbolizes Christ stretching out His arms upon the Cross
and how we are to open our hearts to Him.
Wisdom (the blue irises) grows upon the stems of hope (the stalks of the irises) and when there is great wisdom, there is also faith (the white iris that has sprung up). But it is all planted within the ground of humility, and it is because the soul must suffer the Way of the Cross (as irises grow better when they suffer), so, too does the soul God longs to perfect.