I've been in Milwaukee all week helping out my daughter-in-law Mary, who is pregnant with twins and on bed rest in order to keep her from going into early labor. My main task here, however, is to play with my amazing almost two-year-old Elena, who keeps me laughing all day long!
I'm exhausted, but so grateful to be able to share this time with this beautiful holy family. What a grace to be able to be here!
"Thy will be done," in its full extent, must be the guideline for the Christian life. It must regulate the day from morning to evening, the course of the year and the entire life. Only then will it be the sole concern of the Christian. All other concerns the Lord takes over. This one alone, however, remains ours as long as we live... And sooner or later, we begin to realize this. In the childhood of the spiritual life, when we have just begun to allow ourselves to be directed by God, then we feel his guiding hand quite firmly and surely. But it doesn't always stay that way. Whoever belongs to Christ, must go the whole way with him. He must mature to adulthood: he must one day or other walk the way of the cross to Gethsemane and Golgotha."~Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Edith Stein [Link to my biography of Edith Stein]
Wall of private chapel at Marianists mother house in Rome
O Shepherd of Israel hear us.
O LORD, come to our help.
God of hosts,
bring us back;
let your face shine on us
and we shall be saved.
May the Lord rouse up His might
and come always to our help.
Amen. [Psalm 80]
outdoor mosaic in Norwich, England