There was a request on FB this morning for saying a "Hail Mary" for the health of our Holy Father as he missed the Wednesday audience due to running a high temp. I called John and found him riding on a bus to a speech meet as he is the assistant speech coach for Tracy. I wanted to read to him a wonderful post card that came here for him from Hallel yesterday... Amazing! You show how the Mercy of God has always been present even in the hardest times. God makes your story (and the story of each one of us) a salvation story! For his Mercy endures forever! She also shared that she had gone to the tomb of Saint Padre Pio on his birthday and said a special prayer for him! Wow!
Pat and I were in our basement temporary kitchen while I talked to John traveling in a school bus... together we shared aloud a "Hail Mary" for our sick Holy Father - Pope Francis! Not ashamed of our faith after Jesus has shown us Mercy that endures forever, and as the Prodigal Son today in the Gospel... we have been shown endless unconditional love after we have squandered our inheritance over and over in our lives. Do you ever notice that those who have been forgiven the most and brought back from the brink of death or hit rock bottom seem to be glowing with JOY and bursting with the burning desire to share their story far and wide and without ceasing? This morning as I was reading Hallel's card to John and we prayed together - he was chuckling with deep JOY and happiness! Hallel writes to John - "I love you John! I pray for you, and I love talking and laughing with you. God Bless, Hallel." If you have ever heard their conversations long distance from Minnesota to Rome or wherever... it is always goofy, silly and filled with lots of laughter!