I have just returned home after being gone for almost three weeks. It is good to be home among my own things, with my schedule, and my bed. As I drove for my visit to Texas I had ample time to think, to reminisce and to pray. I began my trip to Texas with a blessing from Father Charlie and I began my trip home with a blessing from Father Michael. ( Sorry Father Charlie, but his was in a lilting Irish Brogue. That always melts my heart.)
The road was well known to me as Michael and I had traveled it many times with familiar stops along the way and some that we had talked about stopping by in the future. I found myself placing my hand on the seat next to me where Michael's knee used to be. Still I talked to him and pointed out familiar attractions. I complained to him about road construction. I cried for myself.
My Spiritual Journey is a trip. One that is familiar in many ways with known attractions and future stops. The Church has given me a blessing to start my journey, it was my Baptism. The Church will also give me a blessing when I am ready to return home. It will be in the Sacrament of the Sick. Along the way the Church provides a road map for me in other Sacraments. She provides Devotions, Prayers and Sacramentals as guide posts and rest areas along the way.
Like many a traveler sometimes I have taken a wrong turn and become lost and forgotten where my home truly is; for we are called to be not to be of this world. But like a good map or GPS the Church helps me to find my way even after an unplanned detour.
So I was pleased today to be home in My Parish, with My Community walking the road with My Brothers and Sisters.
Lord, You have called us to be
not of this world.
You have asked us to leave our families and our homes
to follow You.
Thank you Lord, for the guide posts and rest areas
that You provide along the way.
Until I come HOME,
I ask You to watch over me and keep me safe.