My thoughts on the above picture really don't pertain to our day beside the fact that Dominic is captured here in all of his innocence. The longer I know him and get to know him he really is a saintly child. There is just something so different about him that I've only read in the books about young saints. He views the world very much like his patron St. Dominic Savio. Tonight during prayers, he asked if he could read his new favorite prayer to the family. What a honor it is to know this child.
The doors are always unlocked, but were locked this day because Bishop Conley was celebrating a special mass that evening for the feast. We waited around patiently only to happen upon a kind priest that eagerly let the kids in and attempted to arrange a rare visit with the sisters. We weren't able to see them face to face, but we were able to speak with one sister through the turn.
The children with Fr. Elias, the priest we met. He is originally from Nebraska, but joined an Franciscan order in Kentucky. I felt the holiness zone around him and would love to bet on the amount of sacrifices and penances he did that hot summer day in his full habit. His mother is in a nursing home in Lincoln and he asked us the sweetest question. After visiting with him, we parted ways. He found us a while later and asked if we would send his mother a copy of the picture. What a good son to remember his mother even as they have gotten older!
I wish I knew the extent of sacrifices these sisters do each day. I wish I had their clear vision. I come in waves and understand often the point of our existence on THIS earth. I know this side is passing. I know this side is where we EARN eternity. I wish I just didn't shutter at the cross so often.
Ever the holy one.
Always the holy one.
Thomas, Dominic, and George discussing how the countryside reminded them of the shire. They asked several times if they could run and explore the grounds. Dominic told me later they made plans to visit New Zealand where the movies (The Lord of the Rings) were filmed in hopes of finding the real hobbit shire. If not, they plan to build a replica in our backyard.