As is custom in our household every year, we brought a bouquet of lilies to St. Joseph on his feast. Saint Michael's Abbey celebrated a beautiful mass in honor of the solemnity, and though we couldn't present our flowers directly to Joseph (his statue is within the sanctuary), a faithful messenger carried them for us.
Father Augustine to the rescue! ~
On another note, our beloved patron certainly did not fail to imprint his hand on our day with yet another blessing. As many of you know I have been praying for another baby, and the first step in the adoption process is the research of agencies. This will be our first experience with a California adoption, and our state is graced with a plethora of agencies to choose from. But last week, the agency I was most interested in sent this in the mail:
Adoption Orientation Meeting
March 19, 2007
Domestic Infant Adoption Workshop
March 26, 2007
Hmmm.....so the two dates this particular agency chose to host its monthly workshops are the Feast of Saint Joseph and the Feast of the Annunciation. May I ask, what do you think of this? Can I consider it a sign? (Let me just say my heart responds with an emphatic, "Yes!") It would not surprise me in the least that Saint Joseph and his beloved Mary would be with us on the very first steps along our path towards another child.
Addendum: I received some very kind e-mails which seem to call for a minor postscript so as not to worry anyone of the risk of presumption on my part. Let me assure you, my dear readers, that I believe my prayers have been and will be answered whether we are blessed with a baby in a few months, a few years or not at all. And I will be most pleased with whatever outcome is chosen for me.
Thank you all for your kind, sweet words!