Note: Still Groaning. I am still groaning about this and want to get it off my system. It is consuming to love or care for someone even if they are pets When Maurice became ill, I was afraid. Afraid to … Continue reading →
I am always fascinated what other people’s belief system and doubly fascinated when they turned 360 degrees and changed their belief system. What gives?
Reading some extraordinary stories of conversion mostly in Christian’s perspective, they are saying the experience moves them that they acted in obedience toward a reality which paves the way and does not originate from them.
To become a “new creature” is a wonderful thing during this conversion process and that they joyfully forget the way they were before. It is a tremendous grace to receive such a gift to be transformed even from a living a life of despicable act.
“I was in bed, eyes open, really suffering for the first time in my life… It was then that a cry burst from my breast, an appeal for help. My God! … and instantly, like a violent wind which passes over without anyone knowing where it comes from, the spirit of the Lord seized me by the throat. I had an impression of infinite power and kindness and, from that moment onward, I believed with an unshakeable conviction that has never left me.” This was written in a prison cell by Jacques Fesch, a French man who received death penalty for killing a police officer in 1957.
With a tinge of envy, I suppose I want to experience this without having to commit a capital crime.
Currently, I know of a person that gave up prestige, a good paying job and driving a sports car by serving the poor, the marginalized, the homeless, the addicts and prostitutes all for the glory of her God. I don’t know her story, and it does not matter. She is a vision of happiness.
What question do you hate to be asked? Why?Really? What kind of question is that? Plead the Fifth? Plead what? Plead the Fifth Amendment? Is that what you mean?Plead the Fifth Amendment? No way, I refuse to answer for this might incriminate me. In Canada, we call it Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Self-Incrimination. This is my answer.“Do you swear to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God.” And then I swore on the Bible. This was my experience as part of a Jury for 10 days. A priest once told me when he is called on to swear on the Bible he refuses because he has already taken the Oath when he decided to serve God and mankind. Of course, I forgot about this when I was asked. I placed my hand on the Bible, and I said:“I swear.”It was quite an experience and an honour to serve Canada being selected as a Jury. It made me think that the future of this man lies on my hand should I decided against the other jurors. I was Number 8. Mind you, we were given a manual on pointers on how to become a jury and how to make a decision based on just law. No bias, no discrimination. The jurors came from all walks of life. One juror, in my opinion, was very fashionable. She made sure that she is well dressed for the public and for the Judge. This is not a criticism. It’s important that we are dressed properly. But once we deliberate behind closed doors, we have to divest ourselves. Not our clothing, but our just minds. We have to have an open mind without the probability of a doubt.We did reach a verdict. NOT GUILTY. Whew. I was glad we came to a conclusion. What was the case, you asked? Joe vs. the People. Joe was accused of killing his brother. Just like in the Bible, Cane killed Abel. But Cane was guilty; Joe was not.Back to swearing on the Bible to tell the whole truth; when I was a child, my Mother always reminded me to tell the truth. That is so plain and simple. Should you ask me WHY, the answer my friend is blowing in the wind.(click to play the song)Tell the truth, try, you might like it.One Minute Meditation:“Why is everyone here so happy except me?”“Because they have learned to see goodness and beauty everywhere,” said the Master.“Why don’t I see goodness and beauty everywhere?”“Because you cannot see outside of you what you fail to see inside.” || Anthony de Mello, SJ