People we meet, books we read, family experiences, simple day to day activities could all be put in our paths to guide our journey back to God. Coincidences or God-instances? Watch. Listen. Share. Be open to the possibilities.
As three of my girls and I were making our trek through Kentucky, West Virginia, Washington, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio this summer, we happened upon this little treasure in the mountains of Emmitsburg, Maryland. We were going to the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, awesome, and my daughter said she'd like to stop in at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Wow! What a wonderful visit! And, this image of Our Lady giving the Miraculous Medal to St. Catherine Laboure is beautiful. Later, as we walked through the Grotto, we read a sign about how often St. Elizabeth Ann Seton visited the Grotto and brought her sisters to visit and to eat their dinner and pray before going down to the church for Mass. It was wonderful for us to walk her grounds and then to walk the paths in the mountains where she frequented with her sisters. This morning at Mass I was reminded of the entire experience as I read in the Magnificat, " St. Elizabeth Ann Seton' path took many unexpected turnings because she followed God's will rather than her own. What matters most is that the path God chose took her to Him. In her obedience lay the source of the wisdom with which she taught others to follow in God's ways." This summer, I felt her presence in the places she had been and we were definitely led in so many ways to Him. Unexpected turnings. As this year possibly brings about more unexpected turnings, may we all be led down the paths that take us closer to Him.