Personal Holy Days

Thirty-three years ago tonight was the first time that my ex-husband and I, who had been friends for 7 years, moved our relationship from friends into something that led to marriage and children. June 9 after that was a date I noticed, and in many of the years since then remarkable things have happened for me on that day.

One of my earliest inspirations and mentors in spiritual life is St. Therese of Lisieux. I have read every recorded word of hers, and for many years read something from her writing every day. I went to Lisieux in France to explore where she lived and stepped from earth to heaven for those hours I spent with her there. I was fascinated to read that one of her most extraordinary visions of Jesus happend on June 9, and she always considered it a holy day for her, just as I had for many years before I read that.

Today is June 9. I woke up with a dream that I believe marks an important breakthrough, have touched some deep chords in my personal journey today, and am leaving in two days on a big adventure – Africa, Kenya, here I come. There is an exquisite mathematics to the universe. When the markers like this come around, I cannot help but marvel with wonder, and with humble gratitude.

4 Responses to “Personal Holy Days”

  1. Darita-Rose Alden Says:

    Yes, I agree. Yesterday was the anniversary of my father’s death. It may be that only I, of the sibs that remain, remember and honor this day. It is a holy day for me, and for our family. To me, these dates become part of the family mythos. I was married on the 29th of the month–we moved to California on the 29th of the month–the day I told me ex that we were finished was the 29th–at one point I thought, “Everything happens on the 29th.” Not true, of course, but it does stand out. I am going to see if I can see more about this. Last night I realized that I didn’t want to really sink into my father’s passing, I didn’t want to dredge stuff up. But it led to thinking about a larger picture, which was good. Glad that you had the dream on going into Africa, can’t wait to see the pics!

  2. Tayria Ward Says:

    Great blessings regarding peeling layers around your father’s passing. I hope your heart finds what it needs around that.

  3. Cliff Bostock Says:

    Have a great journey, Tayria!

    Those “anniversary reactions” are strange indeed. I’ve had them when I didn’t even remember it was an anniversary date until later.

    • Tayria Ward Says:

      Same here Cliff, I have a bunch of stories like that. There is a mysterious mathematics to everything. Thanks for the good wishes. I’m excited about the trip.

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