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60th Birthday Mass

A friend of mine and her husband have been making regular trips to France and Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago – The Way of St. James. It is a pilgrimage journey with religious sites along the way ending at the tomb of St. James. They recently made their way back determined to finish the near 500 mile trek. Today was my friend’s 60th birthday. She shared that she received an unexpected gift when they arrived at a church at the same time as an English speaking group. There was a priest with them and they were preparing to celebrate Mass. That was the gift that she was grateful for. I found her thoughts very inspiring.

I Found God today in an inspirational friend.

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Best Therapist Ever

During the past 3 years, my mom has been to physical therapy for various reasons. Whenever she has hurt something or is recovering from an illness, we go back to the same therapist. She truly is amazing. We say she has magic hands as she knows exactly how to manipulate the area that gives my mom problems. We joke that we would like to have her live with us, though we probably really mean it deep down inside. Today she watched my mom walk and told her why she thought her back was hurting. She tested her theory with my mom on the treadmill. She did seem to be correct. When my mom thought about walking the way her therapist instructed, her chronic back pain was nonexistent. She always encourages my mom who does more than she thinks she can. We have fun conversations and laugh a lot as well. To top things off, today a man came around with snacks for the employees. The therapist gave hers to my mom. It was a giant chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich. My mom enjoyed it tremendously.

I Found God today in my mom’s amazing physical therapist.

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Back to Class Again

After 2 months of recovering from her latest bout of diverticulitis, my mom finally made it back to her Parkinson’s exercise class. Everyone there was so happy to her. She took things at her own pace, but kept going for the whole hour. One more time, she amazes me.

I Found God today as my mother continues another recovery.

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Church Offers

I met with some friends today and we got on the topic of Catholic funerals. We talked about the beauty of the traditions and customs of the Church. Typically, funerals begin with praying a rosary, then a full Mass. I thought of 2 specific priests who sang the final blessing as the deceased is taken out of the church. It was incredibly moving. I got teary eyed just thinking about it. I am grateful that I was raised in this faith. As I get older, experience more, and learn more, I become even more appreciative of all God offers us through the Catholic Church.

I Found God today being grateful for faith.

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Musically Gifted

My dad and brother have been busy transferring the old cassette tapes into the computer. The next step is to put them on CD’s so they can be played easily. My brother completed the first one today and we all listened. It was a compilation of my mother playing the piano when she was at her best. The music was incredibly difficult and we were all in awe of her ability. She said her hands hurt just listening to them. It was wonderful to hear and I’m grateful to have this to pass to future generations.

I Found God today listening to my mom’s gift of music.

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Sister’s Silver Anniversary

My sister and her husband celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary a couple of days ago. They went to Las Vegas where they were married and spent several days relaxing and enjoying their time away. While they were there, my parents, sister, brother, and I sent them champagne and treats. We had everyone over today so we could celebrate them all together. My sister and I worked hard yesterday making way too much lasagna and cake pops, which was a first for us both. Of course, we always have a good time visiting and laughing. When we talked about what it took for them to stay married for 25 years, my brother-in-law said he couldn’t speak for my sister, but for him it wasn’t that hard. That was sweet. They said that they are brutally honest with one another, they don’t let things stew, they don’t have to be right all the time, they let things go, and they accept each other for who they are. Practical and beautiful advice of how to love one another.

I Found God today in words of how to love.

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Cooking With my Sister

My sister came over this evening. We spent the rest of the night cooking for the celebration we will be having for my other sister and her husband’s 25th wedding anniversary. For some reason, I was keenly aware of how well we work together in the kitchen. We don’t even need to say anything to each other – we just know what needs to be done and who is best to do what job. We catch up on things and laugh a lot too as we go. I just loved cooking with her tonight.

I Found God today cooking with my sister.