And Monday, instead of heading home right way, we continued our pilgrimage with a visit to Avila. We celebrated Mass in a chapel there and learned more about Doctor of the Church Saint Teresa.
After our return and separate dinners out, we gathered back up, waiting for one group to return, and then walked over to a near-by park for prayer. We reflected on our travels and what was the “take-away” regarding the pilgrimage. We were reminded that Saint Teresa once encountered a stranger in interior searching for the Lord. He asked her “Who are you?” She responded with the name that she had taken with her religious vows, “I am Teresa of Jesus” and then asked in kind to the stranger “Who are you?” He responded “I am Jesus of Teresa”
We were reminded that as disciples we, too, can respond that “I am Keisha of Jesus;” “I am Aric of Jesus;” or “I am Scott of Jesus and adjust our lives accordingly to suit that answer. We know that the Lord is ready to respond “I am Jesus of Meghan,” “I am Jesus of Marty” or “I am Jesus of Betty”
We went out for ice cream afterwards and danced a little (yes, there is video evidence of me dancing.)
Tuesday, we flew home.