It's good to get away for the weekend, but it's also good to be home again. We went to the lake where there was no computer access - can you imagine that? A whole four days without being able to log onto the web! We caught a couple of nice sized rainbow trouts; one was almost ten pounds and the other was about three.
The trip home took longer than expected - we decided to take the scenic route and went over the Galena Bay ferry where we had to wait three hours for our turn to board. I walked down to the lake, and counted our vehicle as number 100 in the line up, so I knew I had plenty of time to sit on the rocks, watching the waves lap in, and pray the Rosary. It is such a beautiful place to meditate on the mysteries of God.
I read meditations from Saint Alphonsus' book, Attaining Salvation; a book I highly recommend to all Catholics. Saint Alphonsus has been called the "Doctor of Prayer," and I can't think of a more suitable title to describe this great saint and writer. If only I could attain such a perfect love of God as Saint Alphonsus implores us to strive for! The book is full of provocative Scripture quotes that give one pause to think - just consider this one from the book of James: For what is your life? It is a vapor, which appeareth for a little while, and afterwards shall vanish away. James 4:15
I know now that our lives are a pathway to God, that our souls were created to love God, and they long to be united with Him, whether we realize it or not. It seems so simple now. But I remember when I was a teenager, I used to wonder what the meaning of life was. I thought there must be some grand reason we were all put here on earth, and I wasted many years trying to find that elusive happiness that was always out of my reach. If I had only known then that my soul was crying for God! How patient He is to wait for us while we keep running away from Him, amassing sin upon sin.
Someone once told me that learning to be Catholic is like learning a whole new language. I haven't finished learning it yet.