I hope you are well and having a Blessed Easter tide. Since my last update I have given parish missions in LA Alabama, (USA) Livingston (Scotland) Down Patrick, Dunshaughlin and Kerry (Ireland)
At this time in our world, I feel we are in so much need of Gods Mercy. There is great pain and hurt in peoples lives and it is hard to be the Light Christ wants us to be at times.
I remember a school retreat I gave some years ago,we asked the young people how many of them went to Mass, one girl said she stoped going after her confirmation. because both her brothers had stoped, she went on to say, every Sunday it was like something was missing from her life.She was thinking of going back to Mass and on Sunday her Grandmother rang her asking if she wanted to go back to Mass with her, she said she did, but wondered why her Nan had asked her at that time, her Nan said she felt God telling her to ask. When they got to the Church and they were kneeling down to say there prayers, she noticed her Nan was crying. She said are you OK Nan, I am just so happy you are back at Mass with me. Her Nan replied. As the girl told me this she burst into tears. Her Grandmothers love for her was so real in that young girls life and because of that, so was Gods love real.
As we journey towards Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit, we should take some time out and spend about 5 mins each day dwelling on Gods love for us and how he sees us, without judgment or Anger, but with love, Mercy and understanding. When I was in USA I heard of a priest who told a very angry, unhappy nun this who was giving out about all the terrible nuns she lived with. About 10 years later, the priest got a letter from the nuns mother superior, she said that everyone found that nun so hard to live with but since she had started dwelling on Gods love for her every day for 5 minutes, she had changed into one of the most loving ,gentle giving saints, the mother superior had ever came across. She went on to say that one week earlier, that nun had died and every one was devastated at her loss.
Sometimes when I am praying over people I get a picture of them looking into a refection of them selfs, throwing rocks at the refection.Jesus always comes and takes the rocks out of there hands and points to there refection, saying behold my beautiful son, behold my beautiful daughter.
May the coming of the Holy Spirit give us the freedom to love our selfs as God asks, so we can bring that love to everyone we meet.
Please pray for me over the next few months as I will be giving talks and parish missions in Ireland, France,UK,Spain,USACanada and Brazil. You are all very much in my heart and prayer. God bless you in his deep love. John Pridmore