Garden Prayer & Reflections
Garden Prayer & Reflections



In the garden take time for prayer and reflection. Also, enjoy a peaceful walk on our campus along the Peace Path – a winding path through a beautiful prairie of several acres planted with native Illinois grasses and small woodlands. This is a beautiful space for a walking meditation, allowing for both spiritual reflection and physical exercise.

Along the path, you will find many spaces to sit in prayer or contemplation including benches, seats carved from natural elements, or small grassy areas to spread out a blanket. In addition to the Divine natural world around you, along the way you can enjoy sculptures, statues and other points of reflection. Stop at one of the Prayer Bells along the path, where you can take a moment of intention and ring the bell. As the sound of the bell echoes forth – so do your prayers reverberate and your intentions are felt for the world.

The Peace Path was created by the Wheaton Franciscans as a part of our healing ministry. Plantings of many varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers add a quality of beauty, calm and peace. The mile-long path is paved and wheelchair accessible with many intersections which allow you to circle through the prairie for shorter or longer exploration.


A Prayer to St Clare

by Sr Pat Irr, OSF

Oh glorious St Clare, your light shines down through the ages, reminding us that you are a beacon of God’s love and grace throughout our history.

St Clare, guide us in this project that your light may continue to blaze forth for the people of this generation.

May the clarity of your love touch all of those who walk these paths.

And may the beauty of this garden, speak to us of
God’s love and care for them in our day.

Oh St Clare, deepen the trust of all hearts that all
people may experience the love
that has created this sacred space. Guide us
through your wisdom into the Spirit of
Christ, our Risen Lord. Amen

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Saint Clare of Assisi Poem

What you hold, may you always hold.
What you do, may you do and never abandon.
But with swift pace, light step,
unswerving feet,
so that even your steps stir no dust,
go forward...

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