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Coming home!


RembrandtI was listening to our local radio station yesterday while driving. It was the talk back show and the radio host picks any topic of conversation about life in general. This time he asked radio listeners what were their experiences when they moved away from home and came back after a while, or went on holidays, or had a life changing experience, what did they think of the people they lived with, if they had changed or if their city had changed in some way. There were some humorous stories and some somber stories as well!  Here are a few:

One guy said his life completely changed when he recovered from a near death experience,

Another guy had decided he had enough of city life, and lived in the bush for many years, then returned home recently. He noticed a big change! ‘Why don’t people smile?’ he said. ‘No one smiles anymore!’. ‘I went to the shopping mall and saw everyone with sad faces’.  ‘Come on people, please smile!’ he said.

Another guy said he hadn’t seen his family for 20 something years. They even lived a few kilometres from his home but had not been part of his family at all for that time. ‘So how did the reunion come about’ the radio host asked. ‘It just happened naturally, my daughter had been in contact by phone with some of the family and one day I asked her for the phone number, rang my sister and asked her to join us for dinner, she came and it all just flowed naturally from then on’. People didn’t even know what it was all about in the first place! ‘Were there no questions asked?’ the radio host asked. ‘No’ he answered, he decided to adopt Nelson Mandella’s advice of asking for no questions and answers about the past. He said family were the same, his mother still was the best cook in town, friends and neighbors still came over and life was the same. I shed a few silent tears for this happy reunion!

Amazing how this topic of conversation revealed the essence of our humanity – that we are all one family united in God. We can try and separate ourselves for a period of time, but we still need one another.  I think of families being separated for whatever reason, some have arguments over something that is petty and miss out on all those precious years of family togetherness.

The Catholic Church is the same – extending an invitation to all to come home.

Almighty God is waiting with open arms to welcome home the prodigal son, the lost sheep, the repentant sinner.

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Forgiveness – this subject is hard to take in by a lot of people. Lets face it we are all on this earth together and we don’t all agree most of the time, we hurt one another – sometimes intentionally, or unintentionally and we carry that hurt for the rest of our lives. It becomes a heavy burden, affecting our daily interactions with other people in our lives, those we may meet on the street or at work. It turns us into bitter, angry people and it shows in your physical appearance, it affects your health.

Someone comes to you and tells you their story that they have been hurt by someone in their life. You listen and sympathize and advise them to try and forgive. They look back at you in astonishment! They will tell you something along the lines ‘why dont you walk in my shoes and then you will know how I feel!’. Well I understand how you feel, but you need to deal with it right now, deal with those feelings of anger, hurt, etc., and then offer it up in prayer to Our Lord, as a sacrifice. Pray for the person who has hurt you – say ‘Lord please help this person’s soul’ and keep praying for him/her each time you think of the hurt they have caused you. Say a Hail Mary. A small prayer is all the Lord asks for. We don’t need to use long prayers, He understands you perfectly! And keep doing what you’re doing – keep busy and don’t dwell on this for too long. The Lord will surely comfort your soul, He will set you free from sin. Because inevitably when we dwell on anger for too long it leads to further sin in our lives.

Mother Angelica’s talks are really down to earth, inspirational and full of good common sense and humour! I hope you enjoy this video…

May the Peace of Christ be with you today and always!

~ Mary

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