Monday, August 5, 2013

Morning at the Shrine

The kids and I went to our local shrine for a morning nature walk and confession for Skipper and I. What a beautiful day!

In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die. Even so in the spiritual life a man is sick on account of sin. For that reason he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance.
--St. Thomas Aquinas

Over the past month I have made so much progress in regaining my health, it really is astonishing. Only with God's help have I done this. Today I woke up for the second day in a row with no headache of any kind - truly something to be thankful for. Headaches or no, I pray daily to live out my life according to God's will and to do so with gentleness, kindness, and humility. Naturally, praying for this is much easier than doing, but life is a journey.

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.
--C.S. Lewis

How lovely to pray after confession in a chapel like the one above.

Confession is an act of honesty and courage - an act of entrusting ourselves, beyond sin, to the mercy of a loving and forgiving God.
--Pope John Paul 2

The tornado/storm we had a few weeks ago really did a number on the property. Amazingly (miraculously?) most of the damage was only to the trees. Above, a large tree fell to the right of the Our Lady of Fatima statue, damaging the pavement. It's hard to see but a kid-size crater was formed in the cement.

We visit here often and today was the first time I really saw this little chapel. It was made entirely of beautiful stained glass windows.

Ooh, look how Mary peeks in on this scene (a reflection from the opposite window).

This is one of many statues whose tree grottos were knocked down, but the statues left intact. Miss Bear insisted, "Mary! This is my Mary!"

Be brave and try to detach your heart from wordly things. Do your utmost to banish darkness from your mind and come to understand what true, selfless piety is. Through confession, endeavor to purify your heart of anything which may still taint it. Enliven your faith, which is essential to understand and achieve piety.
--St. John Bosco

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