I decided to begin writing about my travels and experiences primarily in order to be able to share one day with my grandchildren: Savannah, Hunter, Alexa and Everett, but also to be able to record my spiritual journey for myself, my family and friends.
It all started June 7, 2010 on a plane while I was was on my way to Rome to participate in the "Festa di Santo Antonio" and the traditional "Pane di Sant'Antonio". An annual tradition initiated by my Grandmother Giuseppina Cerrato where every year on the feast day she would coordinate with "The Suore del Crocifisso" (Sisters of the Cross), the local baker Antonio, and a few of the townspeople. This consisted in passing out bread (rolls) to all the faithful after church as an offering to Saint Anthony. This tradition was later taken over by my dear aunt Carmela Cerrato who continued it up to last year when she passed away.
I had a very strong desire to participate this first year after her death so I decided to join my other aunts and one of my cousins who had already planned on continuing this tradition. I booked a flight and that's where it all satrted.
On the plane I had downloaded a book on Saint Anthony by Bobby and Penny Lord on my Kindle, "Saint Anthony of
Padua" and during the flight I started reading. From this I became interested in reading more and continued with Saint Francis and his many writings. From this and through many amazing experiences I became a Third Order Carmelite.
am currently working on this my autobiography explaining the whole journey "Spirituality at
60" but in the meantime I put together some of my thoughts, photos and film of where this adventure has taken me so far. I guess what sums up best my spiritual adventure up to now is a quote by Thomas Martin, a Trappist Monk and one of my favorite writers.
"My Lord God, I have no idea
where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know
for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the
fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am
actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does
in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am
doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not
fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face
my perils alone. "Thomas Merton, “Thoughts in Solitude”