I have been spending this first day of 2011 seemingly striking the perfect balance between thoughtfulness and laziness. A divine combination, I think.
In the morning, I did some reading (Love for No Reason by Marci Shimoff). Next to me was a small black cylinder containing a tiny packet of dirt. It was given to me by a treasured friend for my recent birthday and it is a sacred sampling of soil from El Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico.
I wrote about this blessed sanctuary in early December in a Game Plan column for FoxBusiness.com called An Ornament and Miracles because it had had a special impact on me in 2010.
Imagine my astonishment, then, that on this day, the very day the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) launches, there is a show called “Miracle Detectives” and the first story is about El Santuario de Chimayo and the power of its soil. Knock me over with a feather. My eyes filled with tears as the hosts — described on the OWN Web site as a believer and a scientist — talk to a young woman who was cured of very aggressive lymphoma after combining spit and the sacred dirt on one of her lesions.
If I doubted for a minute that 2010 was mostly about strengthening my faith and trust in something much bigger than myself, well, it’s been signed and sealed as a powerful truth now.
Excuse me while I watch the rest of the “Miracle Detectives,” as the second part of the show is about guardian angels. That’s a whole other miraculous story …