Lady’s Mantle


Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy. This is from Psalm 47, today’s responsorial psalm. I feel the need to stand and give God a standing ovation. I am slowly  recovering from major surgery and yet at the same time making tremendous leaps along the way. God has created the body so miraculously it is hard not to be in awe.

I am walking, climbing stairs, eating, and gaining strength a step at a time. My attention still wanders a bit, sometimes due to pain and at other times just needing to rest. While I have been having somewhat lucid conversations since surgery, on occasion I find words missing or thoughts forgotten midstream. Certain personalities ignite my spirit while others stifle the spark. My buffer zones are precarious and that is the reason the no visitor rules remain in place. Naturally, the main reason is to limit exposure to germs. I need to stay well.

All this time, I have felt the mantle of Our Lady and her Son around me. That powerful protection seems to remain intact still. I do not pretend to understand it. I simply accept it gratefully.  When I was in Paris at Rue du Bac, as I left the Miraculous Medal Chapel, I looked up and there were statues of St. Catherine and Mary, above the exit to the compound  The protection of God is always there read the inscription. Even now as I recuperate, I sense the deep Truth of that simple belief.

Do you feel the protection of God wrapping you closely?



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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