My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
May the Peace of the Lord be with you.
I made it home late yesterday with all 43 pilgrims. The trip was richly rewarding. We certainly did a lot in 12 days. We began in Paris with praying at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart which is located high on the hill of Montamartre. It is estimated that 13,000,000 people a year visit this shrine. From there we traveled to the cathedral of Notre Dame. It was like traveling back in time. Leaving the cathedral we made our way to the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal where we celebrated Mass.
On Friday morning we boarded a plane to Lourdes. We arrived in enough time to make the nightly candle light procession honoring Our Lady of Lourdes. Some of were able to bath in the healing waters that same afternoon while other waited until the next day. After Mass at the Grotto where Mary appeared to St. Bernadette, our guide gave us a tour tracing the life of Bernadette. After an early Mass on Sunday morning, we boarded the bus and began our way through Spain. In Spain we visited the birth place of St. Teresa, the tomb of St. James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela where we also celebrated Mass. After spending some time in Santiago, we made our way to Fatima where we participated in the nightly candle procession honoring Mother Mary.
This was truly a time to get away from our busy lives and spend time with our fellow pilgrims praying at the various shrines as well in the bus as we traveled. It was a peaceful, relaxing, and prayerful time
There are times, which are getting more frequent, when we get so caught up in the problems that we face every day that we forget how blessed we are by our loving God. Remember that our baptism makes us one with the Lord Jesus and assures us that He will always be with us. All we have to do is reach out to him.
I recently came across the following memo which I encourage you to take to heart.
MEMO FROM GOD
From: THE BOSS
I am God.
Today I will be handling all of your problems. Please remember that I do not need your help. If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it. Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box. It will be addressed in My time, not yours. Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold on to it.
If you find yourself stuck in traffic, don’t despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.
Should you have a bad day at work, think of the man who has been out of work for years.
Should you despair over a relationship gone bad, think of the person who has never known what it’s like to love and be loved in return.
Should you grieve the passing of another weekend, think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children.
Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance; think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.
Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror, think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.
Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity.
Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities, remember, things could be worse.
You could be them!!!!
I hope that this memo from God up lifts you when you are feeling down. Many times in life we get so lost in our own problems that we think that God has deserted us. We know that that is not the case, but we still feel that way at times. God is always there for us. All we have to do is to turn to Him and invite Him in.
I love you