Yesterday was the last Friday of Lent so we took the opportunity to again head to a church on the way to St. Vincent and pray the Stations of the Cross. Our friends were there and I remarked in passing that we were going to try to find the Marian Shrine in Oakland before heading to classes. "Oh," he said, "we'll take you there."
It's not totally out of place, since they're the ones who told us about it but it is totally beyond expectation since it took them at least an hour out of their way. They're like that...they hear the whispers and follow without hesitation.
It took two tries but we finally found it. It's colloquially called Our Lady of the Parkway shrine because it directly overlooks the highway coming into town. Walking down the steep hill and the even more narrow walkway to reach the altar and shrine felt a lot like Slovakia. So did the peace and solitude.
|view from above the shrine|
|Our friend helped build the altar!|
|The 8th Station, I think.|
|my girl and her Mama|
|She was upset because we made her stop praying to pose ;0)|
|thus, the name|
|heading back up the hill|
|Glorious, Our Lady kind-of-day|
|the baseboards and banisters crew|
I love having lots of time in the kitchen...when it happens to be a feast day on which I can break my fast, even better!
|my pretzel dough helper...he likes running the mixer|
|meatballs for new mom meals and browned butter...the beginning of all good things Slovak (it ended up as mushroom soup)|
|dh helped with shaping|
|our St. Joseph pretzels, complete with carpenter square and hammer|
|St. Joseph's Sfinge (without the filling...that came later...ricotta and chocolate chips. yum.)|
God is so good. He brings others into our lives to help us along our path to Him. He gives us small breaks in the middle of Lent to take a breath and rejoice in His foster father and all fathers who have a place in our lives. He gives us more than enough so that we might share with those who need at this moment. He introduces the connections and gives us the power to chose. How blessed we are.