Some of you may remember "Sowing a Seed" and our Christmas Creche in the Woods, the setting for a round of impromptu outdoor caroling. Today was First Saturday, and, in accordance with our custom of the past few months, the girls and I went to Confession before making a happy memory together with our monthly outing. This month's destination: Barnes & Noble Bookstore followed by Ben's Restaurant and ice cream!
Returning home, I had a surprise in store for them. As darkness dashed the last lingering light from the western sky, we left the house bearing a fat candle. The children had no idea what to expect, but could see a few faint rays round a corner from a distance.
Hastening toward it and rounding the bend, their eyes met a brilliantly lighted image of Our Lady, now known in our family as "The Madonna of the Woods." Four years ago, we used to keep this large and lovely medallion on the wall of the glass porch in our old house, and none of them have seen it since. The younger ones did not even remember it and gazed wide-eyed in wonder and admiration.
Standing outside, under a cloak of blackness spangled with stars, we sang our favorite Marian Hymns: Ave Maria, Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above, Salve Regina, O Most Holy One--another small seed planted in fertile spring soil.
That's the beauty of the Liturgical Year. Delight lies around every corner.