But as with any difficult challenge in life, God's grace always peeks through, just when we need it the most. This morning was just one of those moments. We got up early to attend daily Mass as a family. Father M. surprised us and called our family to the altar to bless our son. (This was a snapshot taken by a parishoner of the blessing he gave). Though we were a bit embarrassed, we were honored at the same time. Grace showered down upon this Mama's aching heart!
It was also a special consolation and grace that today's college departure date landed on the feast of St. Bernard who was a Cistercian monk. The University that our son will be attending has a special connection to a nearby Cistercian Abbey:)
I know I've told my story here but I don't believe I've ever mentioned that my late husband was killed in Texas. Hence, you can imagine that it was a big deal for me when our son was discerning this college in Texas. My son was only a baby when his father died, so he had no memories of our life there. (Let's just say that I swore that I would never go back to Texas after my husband was killed) However, as most of us know, God's plans are often different from ours! In his abounding grace, the good Lord saw to it that I would survive going back to a state that I thought had left permanent scars on my heart. Not only did I survive, but now I will be paying regular visits to this place that has brought me full circle with my grief...A place where pain and joy can finally sit nicely together. As I know all too well, only with God's grace and none of my own doing. As a Catholic Christian, a God-incidence trumps a coincidence so I don't believe it was an accident that my son chose this awesome college. There must be more to the story, yet to unfold!
Please pray for these guys as they are out on the road! (I get to visit next month:)
One thing's for sure, I will treasure this final "back to school" photo for years to come! Thank you to all those who have kept us in your thoughts and prayers...God love you and bless you.
"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love."~Mother Teresa~