Hello friends in Christ, I pray you all are well! I pray we are all growing more thirsty for the Lord! Of all the delights of this world, none will fill the heart like falling in love with Jesus again and again and longing to know Him, hear Him and be with Him. It is FULLY my intention to finish the conversion story I began sharing about a month ago, but I ask your pardon for the moment, as I write this article, I am in a bit of a time crunch to finish this bulletin article and would really like to take the time to give a heartfelt treatment that would communicate it in all authenticity to you. And so…I’ll pick it up (I pray!) in another two weeks. For now friends, let me share with you one of my favorite prayers!
Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Yours. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Your presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus! Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine, so to shine as to be a light to others; the light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be mine: it will be You shining on others through me. Let me thus praise You in the way You love best: by shining on those around me. Let me preach You without preaching, not by words, but by my example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do, the evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You.
God bless you all this week, may Jesus pour through all of your words and actions and may you delight in deep heart to heart conversations with our Lord Jesus, our Loving Father and the beloved of our souls, the Holy Spirit!
See you soon… Fr. Patrick