Gospel living/2 – For each other


How often does God use a person to draw someone else close to him? We should never forget him, because we too could one day become his instrument for someone.

A new hope
Having been in the U.S. to study, I decided to return to my country at the insistence of my parents. But I was stuck in quarantine at an institution near the border with about 500 people. I had the exact same feeling as if I were in jail.

Fortunately, my phone kept me connected to the outside world. Whenever I met someone, I heard the same questions I had about what was happening.

During that time I met a Salesian priest at a distance. Although he was as isolated as I was, he emanated a peace that neither I nor the others had. It was as if he was not surprised at anything. At first he celebrated mass alone in his small room, then I began to attend.

In short, I returned to the sacraments and my previous life of faith, even if no longer as before. Even my girlfriend noticed that I had changed. Sometimes I think: if this transformation happened in me, can it be that it has also happened for others?

A new hope is born within me: that the world that previously seemed to take it away from me can now refind its way in other directions.
K., Slovakia

Baby carriage
I met a young Gypsy girl who was expecting a baby. She needed everything, from clothing to all the baby gear for the birth of her child.

I had read in the Gospel, “Whatever you ask of the Father… he will give it to you”. That day with faith I asked Jesus during Mass for a baby carriage. Later at school, I committed myself more than ever to love my classmates and teachers.

Back home in the evening, I learned from my mother that a neighbour, knowing that I help the poor, had left something for me. It was a baby carriage! I was moved by this prompt response from providence.
C., Spain

Blessing
Working as a nurse for a month right during that period of the coronavirus, in the hospital where I served I shared the loneliness of several patients who passed to the other life without the comfort of their loved ones at their side.

The strongest experience, however, was after I learned from my mother that, according to the pope’s words, even doctors and nurses were qualified to give a blessing to the deceased patients. I was able to draw a cross on the forehead and chest of several of them before filing the paperwork to confirm their deaths and send their bodies to the morgue.
Joseph, Italy

Edited by Stefania Tanesini

3 Comments

  • Uma pequena experiência:
    Devido a situação dos riscos da Pandemia nosso filho nos trouxe para a sua casa. Embora nos dêem toda liberdade,ainda nos sentimos fora do nosso “habitat”.
    Onde morávamos estávamos envolvido em um grupo de ajuda, e sempre tinha o desejo de fazer algo…mas tinhas alumas limitações. Meu fisiiterapeuta ao voltar p casa depois do trabalho, sempre levava o q sobrou do almoço para os moradores de rua( geralmente p um) então pensei q poderia fazer o mesmo. Pedi à minha família q não jogassem mais as sobra de comida no lixo. Então comecei a ver tudo q estava em bom estado e preparava uma ” quentinha” para ele levar. Comentei c algumas pessoa e assim, começaram a me mandar : macarrão…oleo…azeite… cx com embalagens…talheres descartáveis…Assim aumentou minha ” Produção “. Uma senhora ficou sabendo disto e me ligou dizendo q sabendo q eu fazia comidas p os moradores de rua, ela queria participar. Disse a ela q eu apenas fazia um pequeno gesto para aquelas pessoas Resultado: ela assumiu o compromisso de fazer 15 quentinhas 2x por semana.
    “DEUS NÃO SE DEIXA VENCER EM GENEROSIDADE”

  • Sou catequista e para não deixar as crianças sem o encontro realizado na igreja por causa da Pandemia formei grupo no whatsapp e trocamos informações contando estórias extraindo ensinamentos cristãos para minha surpresa os encontros estão sendo repassados para os amigos que não participam da catequese. É muito bom ver a semente frutificar e Jesus entrar em vários lares com a ajuda das crianças.

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