|Pope John Paul II Rose|
Pulling weeds is actually very therapeutic. I'm removing something potentially harmful from something that I care about and love and want to make sure that it (my garden) grows and thrives and becomes the best and most beautiful that it can be...
Similarily, keeping potentially harmful things away from our children, teaching them to recognize things that are not so good, things that can limit them, things that may bring them distress - pulling weeds is a constant battle.
I guess weeds can even be a little helpful, in some odd ways. For instance, when I pull up a weed, the ground beneath is moist & workable (because it's been stealing the water from the plants nearby). Now your ready to use the ground for good.
There are plenty of "weeds" in the world - giving us the opportunity to teach our children virtues, allowing them to see and discern right from wrong, good from bad, recognizing dangers, temptations, evils...The tools of prayer & the sacraments are essential. " I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them that are evil, and thou hast tried them, who say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars" ~ Revelation 2:2
When the blooms come, you know all your hard work has paid off. Now you can sit and enjoy the work of love...
"For God is not unjust, that he should forget your work, and the love which you have shewn in his name, you who have ministered, and do minister to the saints." ~ Hebrews 6:10