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“…[m]ay we firmly orient our existence according to the will of God…and walk resolutely towards Christ.”
- Pope Benedict




Dear Husband has a reputation for taking ‘shortcuts’ during family outings. He likes the road less travelled, and that makes a lot of difference in our trips and in our lives.


When anyone travels, they have a destination in mind - a goal. We might be going to grandmother’s house or to the grocery store. We might simply be going to work or to church. We might actually be travelling half way around the world. Often we find that we wish to take the quickest or most economical way, and with the advent of GPS systems we find ourselves more focused on the destination than on the journey. By taking the road less travelled, it changes the focus to the journey.

What happens when we focus on the journey? We learn about ourselves and our fellow travelers. As Catholic Christians we are travelers from our baptism, striving for the same destination. However, we take different paths. We can choose to travel the road less travelled and focus on the journey or we can simply input the destination into our GPS and let the device drive our actions. Which is better? I believe that to focus on the journey is better because then we take an active role in finding our way to our ultimate destination. And our destination is not a place, but the person of Jesus Christ.

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Crossing Guard

I saw you
today
as you guided
your little man across that busy street.

You were wearing some
big man boots
and
watching cars and lights.

Your little man had on
black sneakers and
a Mickey Mouse hat
that bounced
as he walked.

He wasn't watching nothing but
your big man boots
and
the white stripes of the crosswalk.

Just before
he got to the sidewalk again,
his step bounced a bit
- he hopped over
a spot where the asphalt broke.

You turned to look,
holding out a hand to
your little man.
Not rushed or angry,
just making sure
he got up
on that sidewalk.

Then you walked on,
in your big man boots,
face into a cold Michigan wind,
with the little man behind,
his hat bouncing.