Today’s moment of terror brought to me by Siri.
I skipped lunch to go to noon Mass at a church close to the office. It’s raining, and that means people in beautiful Atlanta turn into brainless blobs. I thought I was making a wise decision by going a back way instead of getting on the main street, which was an ok decision, but feeling a bit unsure of myself, I turned on the GPS to make sure I had the right turns.
Ah. Dear Siri. So useful. So efficient. So helpful.
Such a big, fat mouth.
I thought I had turned off the GPS and muted the phone. It turns out, I had indeed muted the phone alerts, but not the actual volume. Brilliant.
Siri announced, “You have reached your destination,” right smack in the middle of the first reading. I was there on time, so I have to wonder why she was the one that was late, but that’s not the point. You know every regular in the chapel had to turn around and look at me. The best, though, was the priest, who didn’t look too mad, just gave me the troll-face,”Really? REALLY?”
So, what lesson is in here for me on this beautiful Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception? I mean, besides turning the phone OFF?! Well, I’m thinking, it’s a lovely reminder that our heavenly mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a fine GPS for us:
“Have you strayed from the path leading to heaven? Then call on Mary, for her name means ‘Star of the Sea, the North Star which guides the ships of our souls during the voyage of this life,’ and she will guide you to the harbor of eternal salvation.”
― Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, The Secret Of The Rosary