Posted by: vftmom247 | 2013/03/18

Signposts in Life

When we were living at Covecrest, people would ask where we lived at Covecrest, since we are a family of missionaries. The best way to describe it (in a totally non-flippant way) was, “Well, you go down to the swing, walk around the lake to Jesus, hang a right, and go straight over the log down the hill from the Statins of the Cross to that blue-grey house next to the whiffleball field.” No one ever got lost trying to find where we were living.

Now, in Germany, I find myself using the roadside shrines of Jesus and Mary as place markers. I turn left at Jesus and cross the street going to the playground. That pretty Marian shrine in Saeffeln tells me I am going the right way to Wer. The Marian shrine in Tüddern tells me to turn left to our friends’ house to pick Chels up.

Jesus and Mary keep me on the right path. They don’t let me get lost. So, in my spiritual life, they also keep me on the right path. I get lost in my own self when I don’t check in with Jesus, and it is hard to see the right path, where God wants me to go. When I don’t consult with Mary, don’t figuratively curl up on her lap for a little nurturing when I am exhausted spiritually or emotionally, I can’t nurture those around me, can’t carry out my vocation as well.

This is why we need Holy Hour. To allow God to tell us where to go, to tell us what road to follow next. Without His guidance, we are lost. Plain and simple.

This is the major reason why, when I get easily discouraged or irritated, one of my first questions to myself is “Have you been faithful in your Holy Hour attendance lately?”

Cause, usually I haven’t been, and that is truly what is really wrong with me.



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