I just finalized our May – yes, this May – travel plans to Europe including a stay in Lisieux, France. I have been so busy packing, unpacking, re-packing, and making reservations and arrangements for our home and Toby, that it has been difficult to see past the logistics of planning.
Until this morning.
This morning, as I reached for and read favorite passages from The Story of a Soul, the autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux, I was finally able to step into the excitement of our journey. I can barely believe that I get to sit and be in the sanctuary and convent where St. Therese prayed and lived for her twenty-four short but inspiring years, and that Les and I get to enter into all of this adventure, together.
Truthfully, I am a little afraid of missing trains or going down in planes or falling over small stones and breaking bones, but I am also profoundly grateful for the opportunity that we have been given – by grace, health, and encouragement from others – to explore and experience the land, cultures and people of France and Spain. The key to not letting my fears steal from this joy, I am reminded, is to give a gentle nod of notice to fear, then to turn, as I am able, to Love.
I may find time and wifi to post along the way, so check in now and then if you are interested in following along. For now, I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from St. Therese, and for always, my love.
I see so many beautiful horizons, such infinitely varied tints, that the palette of the Divine Painter will alone, after the darkness of this life, be able to supply me with the colours wherewith I may portray the wonders that my soul decries.-St. Therese of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul