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Finding Home

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguouri, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

“Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest in which she puts her young. Your altars, O LORD of hosts, my king and my God!” (Psalm 84:4)

When I was a junior in high school, I attended Girl’s State at the University of North Dakota, which meant being away from home for one week. As a farm girl, it was one of the first times I had ever been away for an extended time. I had no idea what I was in for — life on a college campus included multiple buildings, new faces and dorm living.    I found myself extremely homesick and overwhelmed, to say the least. There were no cell phones offering a way to connect with my family or friends. I was alone and disconnected.

When Sunday came, I decided to find a church, and it was during Mass that I experienced a homecoming. I felt a sense of peace that made me realize everything would be alright, and it was this place — the church — that was my home. In an environment that appeared so new and overwhelming, I found comfort at church, and for that hour it was my home away from home.

Often I find myself in situations where I am out of my element, whether I am alone in a crowd because my views are different or disconnected because I don’t seem to have the same purpose as others. I’m reassured just like I was as a homesick teenager that God has a place for me in his heart.  


Thank You God for comforting us when we are alone.

Help us to reach out to those in our midst

who may be homesick for love and acceptance. Amen.

Gail Sommerfeld
Director of Mission Services, Avera

EXODUS 40:16-21, 34-38 ● PSALM 84:3, 4, 5-6A AND 8A, 11 ● MATTHEW 13:47-53

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