Where This Meets That
I recently spent a week in Silicon Valley, on business. I risked taking my Nikon camera this time, in case I had the opportunity to shoot anything interesting. Santa Clara’s Shrine of Our Lady of Peace was one place I’d wanted to visit, if possible, because I’d heard it had a particularly impressive statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
On Tuesday evening, I bolted over between meetings at sunset, without my Nikon, just basically to make sure I could find the place. I circled the grounds briefly before finding the 32-foot tall stainless steel statue standing gorgeous before a falling evening sky. I snapped a couple pictures with my iPhone to capture the moment and hoped to make it back with my Nikon on another day.
Next day, I had a window from a few minutes before five o’clock until six o’clock, when my day of meetings would end with a dinner. When I left my office, I verified the restaurant was only ten minutes away from the office. I didn’t pay attention to where the restaurant was, only that it was close and therefore gave me time to get back to the Shrine and get a couple shots with the Nikon. The sky was gray and wouldn’t be as picturesque as the evening before, but it was worth a “shot”.
I arrived about ten after five and desired to drop into the sanctuary for a brief moment of prayer and reflection. I was surprised to find a decent crowd inside and the altar being prepared. Oh, I thought, there must be Mass at 5:30. I thought it sure would be nice to attend but that there was no way I could then be on time for my six o’clock. So, I decided I’d just stick around for a few minutes and leave before Mass got underway.
Then Mass started. At 5:15.
Oops! Nothing I could do about it now. I reasoned that Mass would conclude by six and that I’d just have to be, worst case, fifteen minutes late to dinner. So, I enjoyed Mass.
After it concluded and I stepped out on the sidewalk, I immediately refreshed my directions to the restaurant and chuckled at what a read. The time was 5:55, and the restaurant was right across the street! I was right on time for dinner.
I never did get a picture of the statue with my Nikon, but I got a friendly, funny little reminder of something greater. And that shot from my iPhone turned out pretty nice, too!