I had just finished speaking to a parish group, when a woman approached me to talk. “You speak about God experiences,” she said, “and I don’t think I’ve ever had one.” We chatted for a while, and then she told me a most poignant story.
Her 28 year old son had died in 1993 of AIDS. It was at a time when people didn’t know much about the disease, and even healthcare workers were afraid of it. The resulting isolation of patients and their families made it all the harder to face the ravages of the disease and the inevitable death sentence it then brought. One day, she told me, her bedridden son started to tell her about all the people who were crowded in the hospital room with them – people who were visible only to him. When she realized what was happening, she asked him: “Is your grandma here too?” “Yes,” he replied, “she’s standing right there.” This loving mother courageously advised him, “If she asks you to go with her, don’t hesitate – go with her.” Soon thereafter, the young man slipped away within himself, and then died. She found great comfort in knowing he was not alone at his transition, but was welcomed by his beloved grandmother and the company of the saints.
I placed my hand on this woman’s shoulder and said with a smile, “Don’t tell me that you haven’t had any God experiences…that’s what grace looks like.” She smiled in return as we both savored the richness of God’s Presence.
Dear Friends of the Spiritual Renewal Center,
One year ago, on May 15, we moved this ministry to a new location on Lancaster Avenue after 24 years at our Court Street site. It was a huge upheaval, to say the least, but we are fairly well-settled in now, and very, very happy with our new home and our new neighbors.
I hope many of you have had a chance to come see what God has given us here – we are very blessed! And blessed too by the many new faces we are seeing, as well as by our faithful, longtime friends and supporters. We would not be able to continue these now many years without the ongoing help of people like you!
So many new possibilities for ministry to God’s people are opening up for us in the months and years ahead. Won’t you partner with us by giving generously to the Spiritual Renewal Center? As a grassroots organization, we have no other source of income than what we receive from those who believe in this good work and participate in our program offerings. Thank you so much! Click here to make a donation to the Center.
In the Risen Christ,