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Friday, April 11, 2014

 

Estampita marathon

(32nd reflection)

As you might have probably guessed, I have a lot of estampitas or prayer cards. In fact I have two stashes of them, mostly given by friends, a few I actively sought out, chiefly from Salesiana Bookstore. Because of Lent and because of insomnia, I happened upon one stash and rediscovered, among other things, that I have a Way of the Cross or Via Crucis booklet. What a wonderful rediscovery!

I lost no time praying the prayer around the house and in my room.

Estampitas and prayer booklets, I discovered, provide great opportunity to reflect on the Gospel and on my life. So I lost no time praying all of the possible prayers now laying literally on my hands.

This reminded me that I still have another stash, a bigger one, that I have misplaced through my years of sorting and resorting, packing and unpacking.

Days of anguished followed. I can't possibly have lost such a treasure, I upbraided myself. How careless of me. Goes to show where my priorities lie, etc.

Like the poor old lady in the Gospel who called out to her neighbors in joy upon discovering a long-lost gold coin, I hereby call out upon you, my (imaginary) neighbors on the Internet, to come rejoice with me, for I have found it after just a few days, gathering dust in some neglected corner of my abode.

I have an even bigger set of prayers to pray later. Wow!

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