First stop, Bowling Green, Ky. It was a few hours time from the hotel so it was a good landing place. I had no idea (because I'm still not always catching on that the Holy Spirit loves to shower us with grace) what an amazing morning it would be.
Since it was DH's birthday, I tried my best to find meaningful churches for him. St. Joseph's seemed a perfect choice. A beautiful, old church with some really amazing statues. They had a shrine to the Divine Mercy set up, as well as a relic from the Little Flower. Also, my very favorite painting of foster father and Son...
|Only slightly older than DH when G was born ;0)...that's why St. Joseph is perfect|
|St. Anne too!|
This church was listed on the Holy Door Website but there was no door to be found in the church proper. It was a beautiful morning so we walked around the grounds and in the back was a small but beautiful Marian shrine. The door was locked but a wonderful Adorer let us in to share a few minutes with her, praying and Adoring Jesus present in the Eucharist.
It was beautiful like all Marian chapels. The side windows each depicted a different occasion where Our Lady appeared on Earth. I would normally have let you imagine for yourself. However, when I looked up front to the small altar and the windows through which the beautiful sun was streaming. Well, take a look.
The sun was so bright I know it's hard to see but everything that's important is there...The Blessed Mother, the Fatima children and the dancing sun...yes (AHEM...) the main focus of the chapel was the Miracle at Fatima. Oh, did I mention we were there on May 13th? God is so, so, so good. Wow. How blessed we were to pray that day in that chapel. I love when the Holy Spirit makes it abundantly clear that you are traveling in the greatest of company.
We had to make a short bathroom stop after our prayer so the wonderful lady in the office pointed us in the right direction. When I saw the area outside of the restrooms, I had to take a picture.
Back on the road... good-bye to Kentucky, next stop, Nashville TN!
We were rushing a bit because we wanted to make it for confession before Mass. Gratefully, we arrived with plenty of time and no one in line. St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows (see? She is with us everywhere) was such a beautiful church. I am so sad that these gems of faith are either closing for good or have to be closed except for Mass and confession. Pray for our world.
|St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows|
|The entrance to the confessional|
|Beautiful, beautiful church!|
Since there was no waiting for confession and thus extra time, we decided to cross town to hit another Holy Door and noon Mass. So grateful we were for making the journey. The Cathedral of the Incarnation is a beautiful parish (it was mine when I lived there for a few months)...nice to revisit with my blessings in tow :0)
|Great place to celebrate your baptism day...a wading-pool-sized font ;0)|
|view from the Holy Door into the church|
We are blessed.