When Pat was a teen, he was kidnapped, taken to an island and forced to serve a warlord. Six grueling years later, a voice whispered to him in his sleep, “Your hungers are rewarded. You are going home. Look, your ship is ready!” Pat soon escaped to a ship and made it off the island.
Jesus comes to us every day in every encounter. Do we recognize Christ in the person next to us, wherever we go? Christ is at our sides every moment. If our heads are full with worries and difficulties and tasks, we miss Christ next to us, or in the people, or even as we pray.
While we may often reflect on the virtues of the Virgin Mary, we seldom reflect on her mother, St. Anne, except during the upcoming Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It must have been quite special to raise a sinless little girl. Surely St. Anne gave Mary a loving home, where she in turn learned to provide a nurturing home to her child, the Son of God.