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A moonlight walk in the snow…


Sounds romantic, doesn’t it?  Actually, it was pretty spiritual.  The moon was the shape of an egg.  I don’t see that very often.  Somehow, it had passed full, and gone to Gibbous before I knew it, and I like to keep up with that sort of thing.

I was walking to early morning Mass, and the reflection of the moonlight on the remaining snow was just too much to take in.  One branch of my family would say, “Too much for Helmer,” but that is an inside expression, and wouldn’t mean anything to anyone else.   Still, that is what I thought.  “It’s too much for Helmer.”

The stark twigs of the trees popped against the bright light of the moon, and I found myself feeling supremely grateful for so many things…being able to walk mostly wherever I want to go, this little life of mine that I am making, my faith, my surroundings, my loved ones, and my friends old and new, near and far.

Romance certainly has peculiar ways of showing itself, and it doesn’t actually have to involve, well, romance.


Beacons of light…


I go to Daily Mass.  It is not quite like going to a Protestant Church service daily.  For Catholics, Mass is at the very center of our interior life.  It is a private, peaceful, prayerful time to reflect.      

Two mornings a week I walk to Mass, this time of year, in the dark.  I leave my porch light on.  My neighborhood is hilly.  I return home down quite a steep hill, and this morning I noticed that I could see my porch light glowing from a block away.

My heart was struck by this glow.  I felt such a sense of welcoming peace that I came to a full stop just to look at my porch light at the top of my own little street.  Here, beacons draw me, and once again, I am overcome with gratitude for my place, safe and surrounded by love.