After coming home from being out of town, we discovered an envelope on our back door.
It had $200 in it.
We were reminded that God provides for us and we need only to ask for His help and trust in Him.
When I have an encounter with Christ I feel at peace. It's like no other feeling I have ever felt before. sometimes I feel like someone must be praying for me. I am at peace and God is with me.
My daughter was desperate to sell their house. Our prayers were on prayer chains all over. One Sunday I offered my Mass up for the sale and then we sang, "How Great Thou Art." I just knew in my heart that God would answer our prayers. Three days later it sold. God is so Good!!!
After a long evening making phone calls to encourage interest and generosity amongst parishioners for the One Faith, One Hope, and One Love campaign, I found myself at the bottom of the list I had volunteered to do. Actually, it was the second to last name on the list. Dialed the number and a very sweet voice answered. Gave her my spiel and waited for her response. "Well," she said, "I really don't think I'll have any monies to give. You see, I'm 86 years old and live on social security." I agreed this made her situation almost dire but, not to worry, we were not about to make her life any more difficult.
She then said brightly, "But I'll sure pray that you get all the money you need."
I found myself almost glad she had no means to give. Hers was the most beautiful gift.
Today, I had the privilege of meeting Christ twice. I was in line at the Post Office when a lady who had some business at the desk turned to leave. I noticed that she walked with crutches, so I opened the door for her when she left the service area and also the facility. She thanked me for doing this. I had to leave my place in line to do this, but when I returned to the line, the lady who was standing behind me in line smiled and gestured to me to take my original place in line. We exchanged pleasantries,and I thanked her for her generosity.
I believe that I met Christ in the lady who walked with crutches, and also in the lady who generously offered my original place in line.
Being surprised at the wonder of childhood
Recognizing the easy joy of a pre-teen
The questions - the discomfort of a teenager
The finding of self in another
The daring self-importance of responsible adulthood
Wonder of a different kind - that is old age
We want to be encountered
We can tell you who we are - better, who we aren't - in case we've scared you.
When I take the Eucharist, I feel so close to Jesus. Taking the Eucharist can help me be a follower of Christ because it reminds me that Jesus loves me. That Jesus is in me. If He is in me, then I should be like Him to others. - age 10
For my First Reconciliation I got a Bible from my family. I was very happy because I always wanted one. It has my full name on it. I can read about Jesus everyday. - age 7
I see Christ in my mom everyday. She goes to work everyday in order to care for our family and she comes back with love and a smile even when we are not a perfect family. - age 11
I encounter Christ everyday in the complete actions of strangers and also in my friends and family with their unconditional love and support. - age 28
A wonderfully spirit-filled friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer this summer. She attended healing Mass this past September, and is now in remission! Praise God for this healing encounter with Christ!!
I heard praise rightly given to fellow parishioners. As the day progressed, I could not deny the poor mood I was in. I was feeling unappreciated and worse yet, out-right jealous. I'm sure the world revolves around me.
Why wasn't I receiving kudos?
When truth set in I could recognize what a vain response this had been.
Was this me I had encountered?
I deserved the very distasteful glimpse of myself!