Ps. Fernando Alexis Jimnez For eight years decided to separate from everything and all, and with a last one watched the town of old woman houses, wide streets and ednicos gardens where it grew, it undertook the ascent to the mountain where it resides in a grotto. Julian Alberto Arinoa Montes is one of the few Latin Americans who a day decided to separate from the world that surrounded to him to go in search of God, in the middle of the solitude and with the firm conviction to go beyond a superficial experience. He resides in a hill, near La Paz. His around, tens of peculiar look for opportunity to be with this singular hermit of modernity. Catholic or evangelical Christian? He prefers to be called Christian. In his humble one dwelled in only there are a few wax candles to illuminate itself at night, foods that to him people of near villages give and five books, among them the Bible and a text of meditations. He is the unique thing that accompanies to him.
Good part of to its occupies it day in praying. It is a step to have greater approach with the Creator. In criterion of Julian, she has been one wonderful experience. No longer they need to him the noise of city of La Paz or perhaps the few places of old architecture that delighted to him in Santa Cruz of the Mountain range. Present its body to God in sanctity Why it decides somebody to be distanced of the world and the reality that surrounds to him? Everything depends on the appreciation that each has about which it is the consecration. For the anchoret Julian Alberto Montes, it is not another thing that to go away where nobody can find it. For a today Christian it is to dedicate to God all our being, as the apostle recommends Pablo: ” So, brothers, I request to you by the mercies of God that you present/display your body in alive sacrifice, santo, pleasant to God, that is your cult racional” (Roman 12:1). You do not need to take the way from the hermit.
The easiest footpath of consecration is to give to Mr. Jesus Christ our thoughts, plans, projects and activities. When we feel that it oppresses the downheart to us, to request its strength and, taken from its hand, to advance a step more.
Also known for something, according to the famous writer Dora Alonso, as the crazy garden. Also found at the entrance and scattered throughout the garden some ferns of interest, mainly by its beauty or its properties. Among the first are representatives of the genus Cyathea, known as tree ferns. Two representatives of the Polypodium genus can be observed on trees: Polypodium aureum and P. polypodioides.
Both are used, according to local tradition, to fight liver disease. In regards to the second, it is common to see over the trees, mainly in the summer, seemingly dead and withered; to put it in a vase with water or after a downpour, it regains its luxuriance in a few minutes, totally changing the physiognomy of the forest in the garden. Next to the entrance door is one of the most important plants of Cuba and known around the world. It is the only one of our plants declared National Natural Monument since 1980. Belongs to a family with very few species on the planet, each which is a rarity in the world. This species coexisted with dinosaurs, large Jurassic reptiles already missing, reaching us despite the great cataclysms of the Caribbean area. It seems a Palm and isn’t it.
Reproduces by cones. His name is Microcycas calocoma, popularly known as Palma Cork. The same name does not reflect their true appearance, since neither is small (micro) nor is a Cycas and much less a Palm. All curiosity. Everything described belongs to the front area, where you will find most of the ornamental plants, which can be planted in small beds, in soil or in pots that hang on the walls of the House. The colouring comes from flowers and multicolored leaves the crotos (Codiaeum variegatum), the robes (Plectranthus scutellarioides) and the Chinese madamas of various colors (Impatiens wallerana), among other many plants. Also from the garden area where trees have been placed numerous ornaments, mainly toys. In addition, most fragrant plants are nearly the entry, attracting the attention of passers-by, which is accentuated in the evening and early hours of the night. Once inside and visited this first part, the temptation to move to the interior and venture into the forest is irresistible. The rest of the garden will be described in the next article, in which you will know some of the orchid species that inhabit Eastern place and different trees of this curious spot. We invite you to visit the garden. You will not regret.