Sunday Sermon and a New Friend and a Sunset

12 Mar

“You don’t meet people accidentally. They cross your path for a reason, but it’s up to you to stop and say hello, or keep walking. I always stop and say hello.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Woa! It was a blustery gloomy morning. Then, with Daylight Saving Time, I didn’t even get five hours of sleep. (It didn’t save me any time! What’s the deal?)

I arrived in the St, Gabriel’s parking lot early, and as I crossed the parking lot, a lady rolled down her window and asked, “This is my first time here, could you tell me where the entrance is?” I pointed to the nearby doors then pointed where the parking was. I introduced myself, and her name was Jan.

When I arrived at the door, for my usual greeting spot, I told the others greeting, “There’s a new lady coming in shortly. She’s never been here before. When she gets to the door, why don’t you surprise her and say, Good morning, Jan. Welcome to St. Gabriel’s.” And they did. I was hiding behind the other doors. Jan was so shocked. Hmmm, how did they know her name? Then, I walked over and she laughed.

I escorted her into the sanctuary and asked her if she wanted to sit next to me where I saved my seat. After Mass, I invited her to stop for coffee at McDonald’s. We had such a nice visit, and of course, we are now Facebook friends.

This is my new friend, Jan.


The Gospel today was the story of Jesus placing mud on the blind man’s eyes and later his sight was restored. The others questioned and didn’t believe, but the blind man praised him and believed.

Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, so those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind.’

My take on it… we are given choices, and we can choose between right and wrong, to have faith or to live only for ourselves. To be selfless or selfish. There will be a final judgement day. Did you see, or were you blind?


When I got home, I changed and took a well needed nap. I took a nice evening walk. It was still windy and chilly, but the sunset was well worth the challenge.

Look at that! Only God could paint a glorious sky like that.

2 Responses to “Sunday Sermon and a New Friend and a Sunset”

  1. Janice Roth March 12, 2018 at 11:47 am #

    Shared with family and friends. Thanks so much Toni for a blessed Sunday morning.

    • toniandrukaitis March 12, 2018 at 7:44 pm #

      What I didn’t mention in my blog, remember I told you about my lucky pennies? On my home, I stopped at Walgreens to pick up a dozen 8×10 photo enlargements of Mom to take to Chicago Wednesday. There, by the entrance of the store,,,, a lucky penny. 😇

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