After Mass in Fort Stockton I asked Steven if we could take a detour in Kerrville. “I’ve longed to revisit Notre Dame since we met Gloria and her little girl our first time there, August 30, 2008.”
I didn’t push the issue, though. Highway traffic had been frantic on Interstate 10, and Steven was tired. All he wanted was to get us home safely.
We might not pass this way again, I pleaded wishfully in silence as I kept my gaze on the road and my thoughts to myself.
“Sure,” Steven replied, despite the stormy weather looming ominously, waiting patiently to overtake us with torrential rain predicted days before.
Notre Dame revisited
Once we found the church we turned off our travel cares.
In the vestibule I met a young mother with a little girl, so reminiscent of Gloria and her little girl. In Spanish I briefly shared the story of our first visit. The woman was very nice, all smiles. She didn’t know Gloria (whose last name I didn’t know) or anything about the Cursillo group that Gloria had invited us to learn more about but, from the lilt in her voice, I could tell that she understood how happy I was to be back after almost eight years. We wished each other well before they departed for home.
I proceeded to the heart of the church where Steven was already taking photos. A woman, sitting very still in a pew near the altar, seemed lost in meditation as we moved about, delighted in our very own (unexpected) concert: forty-five glorious minutes of music practice before evening Mass.
Steven and I spoke quietly here and there about angles, lighting, and the stations of the cross but, mostly, we savored every heavenly note and sang along as we grinned nonstop. We were ever so grateful for God’s precious gifts at Notre Dame Church!
O ever immaculate Virgin, mother of mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comfort of the afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings; deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary where you dispense your favors; and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal.
I come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the grant of my requests.
I will endeavor to imitate your virtues that I may one day share your glory, and bless you in eternity. Amen.
May 7, 2016
“The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the love of a mother” (St. Therese of Lisieux).
May 8, 2016
Look at the mothers who truly love their children: how many sacrifices they make for them. They are ready for everything, even to give their own blood so that their babies grow up good, healthy, and strong (St. Gianna Molla).
Links of interest… Behold your Mother: This Mother’s Day, this month of May, & beyond… Can we endure the light… Don’t compartmentalize your faith (audio)… Faith connected to everything / in the gospels / through love / what is… Hear God speaking to you… Introduction to the devout life: ebook (St. Francis de Sales)… Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary: about / book / consecrating the hours / hymns, psalms, & readings / introduction / prayers (more)… Notre Dame Church (Mass times)… Our Lady of Lourdes: about / novena / prayer… What is Cursillo… Visits to Jesus in the tabernacle: Hours and half-hours of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament: e-book… the Word among us…
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