I am sitting in the chapel at the Barcelona airport, awaiting the arrival of friends from Berlin. Susanne and I met over 25 years ago in Washington, DC when we came to spend a year as interns working in the inner city with Sojourners Magazine. It would be a transformative year for me and for us as we grew to be close friends. Since that time, we have met all over the world. I am very grateful for this friendship that has lasted all these years.

As  I sit here in front of Our Lady of Montserrat, I realize that one of my longest friendships is with the Trinity. God knows exactly what I need. You can imagine the big smile when I walked in and saw this lovely statue. I had come full circle on my pilgrimage. I started in Montserrat and here She is waiting for me, with her Son on her lap. There is great joy in this quiet moment.



Reflection  Questions

Which friends bring a smile to your face?

When has God gone ahead of you to prepare the way?


Thank you, God, for the gift of friendship. You always provide more than we can ask or imagine. I am ever-grateful for your Providence. Amen.

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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3 Responses to Friends

  1. Karen Wheadon says:

    This post makes me smile. So happy you’re meeting your friend and that your beautiful long term friendship did not fade. It must be special, enjoy your time together.

    I envision your quiet moment in front of the beautiful statue of Our Lady of Montserrat , a beautiful one. So happy you’ve come full circle on your pilgrimage …..what peace:)

    Love, Karen

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Sylvia Bock says:

    Suzanne, you bring a smile to my face! Just reading this entry brings tears to my eyes and a smile to my lips.
    Thank you for being such a wonderful friend and spritiual guide!
    Loving reading about your journey. So inspirational.

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