A few days ago I made a quick trip to Emmitsburg, Maryland and the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.
It was actually a stop on my way back from Virginia where I had gone early that morning to meet with the man who was going to tow away my non-functional car.
Long story short: My car broke down on the way to the IHM Fredericksburg VA conference two weeks ago. My 20 year old daughter Mary was driving and her two sisters (16 and 9) and little brother (11) were with her. My husband and I had gone on ahead earlier in his car. They were still 40 miles from Fredericksburg having just got off of 495 onto 95 when the engine seized while she was in the left lane on the over-ramp. It was a scary situation but she handled it well and I am grateful that everyone was OK. But my car was done for. Completely. The engine was gone and the repair was just too much. Considering how old the car was and the likelihood that it could need another big repair sooner rather than later, we opted to ditch it. Thankfully we were able to get something, albeit small, out of it. Thus my quick trip to Virginia on Thursday, to the garage where it had been towed 2 weeks prior.
The stop at the Shrine had a double purpose:
- To pick up my 16 yr. old daughter from the Fiat Days girls’ retreat at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary.
- To say thank you to Our Lady for protecting my precious children –three of whom bear her name.
It was a sticky hot day but the grotto as always, felt peaceful and refreshing.
The quiet beauty
the knowing that you are walking in the footsteps of a saint,
it calms you.
When I arrived at this beautiful statue of Our Lady near the end of the grotto trail there was a wilted flower at her feet. I quickly plucked a nearby rose to replace it and said a prayer of thanksgiving.
My visit though short was fruitful and I was reminded of the importance of staying close to Our Lady. Of laying my troubles at her feet. Knowing that she will bring it all to her Son –as she always does.