We enjoy a planned vacation to a far away destination, but sometimes meeting the spontaneous “Hey let’s get outta here!” even for just an afternoon to snap a few photos is so relaxing. Headed up to one of our favorite spots that’s uber dog friendly so the Budster gets away from the city too! Historic Dahlonega, GA is a short jaunt from the ATL, but a can feel a world away. Sometimes a moment’s grace is all you need.
Pray the rosary.
I learned to pray the rosary when I was two and my father was thought to be dying of a perforated colon. Despite what the doctor’s told us, he miraculously survived. Much later in his life, when my father was very close to death, his heart was still not aligned with God’s will and Dad was in spiritual torment. My mother and I prayed in his room while he slept and when he heard us praying he would tell us to stop that…Until he woke one time while we were praying the rosary and he didn’t ask us to stop. When we saw he was awake, we continued to pray, but much quieter. He said “No, keep praying.” My mother looked at me and started praying in a louder voice and I did as well. Shortly after we finished, my father confessed that he was afraid to die because he loved my mother so and would miss her. I saw an opening of his heart and spoke the words a dear friend had shared with me, seemingly out of the blue, about losing her husband years ago. “Death is not the end of love, it is loving everyone as intensely as you love your spouse here on earth.” My father sighed and gave his will up to God. He became peaceful about everything and died in peace a few weeks later. His soul could be at rest.
Not every end to my prayers has been as miraculous an answer…Jeff didn’t survive the second cancer. Our baby didn’t make it out of the womb alive…Or maybe they have. It’s just not the way I wanted the prayers to be answered. I prayed Jeff be free of the cancer. I prayed our baby would be happy and follow the Lord always.
What is undeniably true for me however; is that when I do pray the rosary, I am given a peace much like my father exhibited. When I pray the rosary, I see the life of Jesus. I reflect not only on how Mary felt, but how different people in the mysteries reacted to God’s message. When I pray the rosary I notice that it makes it easier for me to align my will with the Father’s will, through His Son and guided by the Holy Spirit, the spiritual spouse of Mary. I used to go to the rosary only in moments of trouble of severe need. It struck me that it was selfish if I only went when I needed something so desperately. It is a devotion of growing closer to Jesus through the eyes of His mother. Do I only want to be close to Him when I am in sever straights? No! I want to continue to know Him better and be closer to Him all the time.
I remember someone in prayer each rosary I offer. Sometimes it’s the souls in Purgatory, sometimes it’s for someone who has been presented to me with a specific need.
I pray the rosary while I walk our dog in the morning, besides other times. I think Buddy likes me feeling peaceful too.
When a change in plans altered the day. I texted my friends. “Have you been to Hapeville lately?” With the addition of Porsche, there’s a lot of delightful art, and delicious food happening in little historic Hapeville, GA!
See how many butterflies can you find on your visit!
And of course all that hunting makes you hungry!
“It looks kind of haphazard, but it works.”
And I got thinking, events in time may feel or appear haphazardly “planted” or possibly come in unwanted combinations…
Really though, could something so full of life be so random?
Nah…The plan is just not yours.
Thank you God for the seemingly random nature of life, still so full of lush possibility and moments of sense-filling beauty. To You it all makes perfect sense, please help me to see that that’s enough.
And Buddy, it’s enough for him.
For a break to be effective it doesn’t have to last for days, could be a few hours away. You just have to let go of everything else you’re letting into your head. Took the new camera out for a spin after evening Mass and went up to Dahlonega, GA and let everything else fall away and just be, me, myself and the camera…Well and the Budster 😉
Korean Martyrs Catholic Church Atlanta 24th Sun Ordinary Time
“Any real love makes you terribly vulnerable / God’s loves for us brought Him pain and suffering.”
“…This parable is unusual as it repeats a line twice. Jesus usually doesn’t repeat- he is usually very straight to the point, so let us listen,’…My son was lost and now is found, he was dead and now has come back to life.’ Rather than the extravagant son, this parable is about the Father’s unconditional love, not because of who we are but because of who He is. He loves us enough to risk pain and suffering for us.”
I love it when I leave thinking and making connections…
“Oh highly favored daughter!”
A little research into the nativity of the Blessed Mother led me to The Apocryphal Infancy Narrative of St James aka the Protoevangelium of James
I have heard pieces of this over time since although it did not make it into the Catholic canon it is the basis for some of the Tradition of the Church concerning Anne and Joachim.
Very interesting read. Although we can’t take it as authoritative, it may help us to be inspired! It is helpful to me to possibly fill in some of the missing pieces in my mind. When I pray the Joyful mysteries I will have some more dynamic scenes in my mind to dwell on. And reafing it helped me feel a little closer to the human side of the greatest story ever told and the divine as well.
Mary and her “yes!” are significant. I find myself finding reminders of the Blessed Mother and her “Yes!” to God everywhere and if that helps me with my “yes!” Then, that is a beautiful blessing.
Sanctuary and chapel at Atlanta Korean Martyrs Catholic Church
Magnificat Breakfast statues
St Joseph’s Maronite Rite Church, Little Five Points, ATLANTA
Grounds- Holy Cross, Atlanta
Narthex and Sanctuary IHM, Atlanta
Christmas tapestry – Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Atlanta
Buddy likes to hang with her too!
Mary please be a mother to us every day and lead us to your Son. Amen.