"Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you. Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs."
— St. Francis de Sales
Our guardian angels were all working overtime so far this trip...how blessed we were to have them along for the ride!
The night with the Benedictines was cozy and blessed, as I had expected. So cozy, in fact, that I didn't make it up for the 6:30 Mass I had planned to attend. What can I say? I was exhausted and there were many miles ahead. We pushed on about 9.
First up, in case you think all we do is "religious stuff" (I'm answering my 5-y-o), some fun things for the little people. Before heading out of town, we stopped by The Museum of Science and Industry. This place is amazing...like our Science Center but so much bigger and better. Extra bonus - reciprocal membership - we got in for FREE! Sweet.
So, we stopped at St. Mark's church and found Fr. John. We visited for a while and "caught up". The quotes are because, while my dad talked about him often, it was around the time I was 10 and, well, that's a long time ago. It was more learning about than catching up.
Fr. John celebrated a special anniversary of ordination this year - his SIXTIETH! He has been a priest for 60 years! We spoke about all the changes during that time and he assured us that his time in college and seminary were the happiest of his life. Wow. What an amazing man. Oh, Holy Spirit Alert, he also let us know he was retiring and would be moving back home to Northeast PA....wait for it... NEXT WEEK. Yeah, I love me some Holy Spirit. What an amazingly blessed visit.
We drove and talked and I prayed that we would have good weather for Sweet T's big day. Little by little we made it through the last two hours and when we arrived at our Wisconsin home, a little before dusk, God had a smile just for us. We are so blessed.