I am planning a fairly significant journey this summer and at mass today for the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I was suddenly overcome with gratitude at all that might come of my travels. The road seems long to my departure in some ways and yet I also feel like I do not have enough time to prepare.

I hope to make the trip a bit of a pilgrimage. I want my heart to be open to all the questions and experiences to come. I want to have a heart like Mary–one that embraces the unknown with courage, trust and joy. Many exciting adventures might occur in the weeks I will be traveling and like Mary the fruits of saying yes to this trip, might take a while to come clear and I will have much to ponder along the way.

I will be walking in the footsteps of holy saints: St. Ignatius, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Clare, St. Paul, and St. Catherine Laboure. The road will not be walked alone, though I travel solo for part of it. A great cloud of witnesses will go with me. May my heart be open to all that will bless and disturb it. May I be transformed along the way to walk more closely with the Trinity and heed the voice of the Holy.



About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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