I have been in California, having left Chicago a little earlier than planned to avoid some nasty weather. Yesterday afternoon, decided to visit the coastline and found myself in Oceanside, California just as the sun began to set. A few photos, the first taken just before the sun disappeared over the horizon:
And the next, a few minutes later:
I stood there for quite awhile, thanking God for this splendor and praying for all who are suffering. Today, as we celebrate the feast, my heart turns to the Blessed Virgin Mary, asking her to intercede for the people of the Americas; asking her to be a sign of hope for those entrenched in ideologies that make reconciliation and conversation close to impossible; asking her to bring us closer to her Son in the everyday-ness of our lives.
God is good.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.