March 12, 2020
All Day, Every Day
Lead me to find that place in my daily life where I can gain strength and hope from you, Lord.
Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Psalm 40:5 (responsorial)
Last year, we spent a couple of weeks in Seville, Spain. Around the corner from our apartment was a church with a forecourt. In the rear of this courtyard stood a statue of St. Jude Thaddeus. Any time I walked past, day or evening, I saw the same sight: a steady stream of people coming in from the street--passing by on the sidewalk bearing briefcases, shopping bags and backpacks, young and old--stopping in to light a candle, offer flowers (there was always a bank of bouquets in front of the statue) and stand for a moment and pray. All day, every day. What a gift, to have such a spot right there in the midst of your daily rounds between work, home and school to stop, bring your joys and sorrows, and take a moment to breathe deep in the quiet, and in the midst of it, find hope, once more, in the Lord.
- Amy Welborn