I got an extra day off this weekend due to the Martin Luther King Observance. I spent part of my day driving to Abbey of the Genesee. One of my good friends had remarked that her mother would love to have a coffee mug like mine. I drink my tea and coffee out of a “Monks Bread” mug. I don’t need much of an excuse to visit the abbey and that request got me on the road today. When I left the house it was 53F but by the time I got about 20 miles north the temperature had dropped precipitously and I was surrounded by icy trees, bushes and grass. Fortunately the road surface was only wet and I continued somewhat slowly north towards Abbey of the Genesee. Ice storms can be treacherous and beautiful at the same time. I took picture above just outside the abbey.
Last week Sr. Rita Michael Aguillard gave me a rosary. It is made from olive wood from the Garden of Gethsemane. Today on my way to the abbey I prayed the rosary. I prayed for the happy repose of the soul of a high school classmate who died over the weekend. Sister Death welcomed her after a long battle with cancer. She leaves a husband and son. I thought too of President Bush and the war and prayed for that too. When I arrived at the abbey the Book of Psalms was opened to Psalm 121. It resonated with me as I read it. “The Lord is your guardian; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. By day the sun cannot harm you, nor the moon by night. The Lord will guard you from all evil, will always guard your life. The Lord will guard your coming and going both now and forever.”
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