The Graces

sam_smokingIn The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, once the hobbits reach Rivendell, Samwise Gamgee has the idea that they will be able to give the Ring of Power to some greater and more consequential individual. He packs his bags, and his master Frodo’s.

Frodo wonders why Sam has been so eager to get ready to leave the city of the elves.

“Well, sir. You see, now that we’ve done our job, I thought we’d be off. Off home.”

To give thanks to the Lord before hitting the sack for our VERY early departure, let me acknowledge that, on our pilgrimage…

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He has drawn us closer to His Mother and to the mystery of His holy Church.

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He has drawn us closer to the Apostles Peter and Paul.

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He has drawn us closer to St. Peter’s Successor, Pope Benedict.

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He has drawn us closer to our Catholic heritage.

And He has drawn us closer to each other.

PRAISED BE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST NOW AND FOREVER.

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