See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Friday, December 18, 2009

Intimation



Has it ever happened to you?
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An intimation that someone needs your prayer - right now - drop what you are doing - pray!  I've awakened during the night like that.  Once I awoke as if someone had shaken me, and I immediately thought to pray for a man I met a few times, though I hardly knew him.  I should mention - for the sake of possible coincidence - that a parishioner had informed me a week or so prior to my experience that the fellow was ill and might be dying.  Anyway - the next morning at Mass another acquaintance from daily Mass came up to me and said, "Bob K. died during the night - did you know him?"  (I probably had been praying for him at the moment of his death.)
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Today I felt an overwhelming sense to stop painting and pray for someone - perhaps a suicide - I tried to dismiss the thought but I couldn't get it out of my mind and I soon stopped what I was doing to pray.
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Please pray for the fellow I was inspired to pray for today - or just pray especially for those who will commit suicide during the holidays.
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Thanks.
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Art: "The Suicide" - Antoine Wiertz (1806-1865)

7 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:13 AM

    I will pray, as you requested. Although I know it was not your intention,I am so struck by the ardor of your Faith. There seems to be such a clarity and purity in your Belief. Don't stop blogging. Merry Christmas.

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  2. Anonymous10:14 AM

    The above first post was from Maria, Terry.

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  3. Yes, this often happens to me. Sometimes I will think of a person I haven't thought of for years, and I stop and pray at least a Hail Mary or 3 for them. Sometimes I will dream of a person and wake up knowing that I should pray for them. I call this the inspirations of grace; and try never to ignore the call to pray for someone.

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  4. Austringer5:38 PM

    Terry, I will pray for the person you prayed for.

    I can't say that the feeling you describe has ever happened to me. However, I just finished reading Saint Faustina's diary, and that was a fairly common experience for her.

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  5. I echo what Austringer wrote - ever since I became a devotee of the DM, especially if I wake at 3 AM - I pray (especially for a former coworker who was addicted to drugs and alcohol and who lost his son a few years ago in a graduation drinking accident.)

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