It has been a difficult time. Who would think this invisible tiny virus could turn our world upside down? More than 12m people have now tested positive for Covid-19 worldwide. More than 500,000 have died. Schools and shops are closed. Gatherings are limited or not allowed. People are scared to go to restaurants for dine-in. Travels are banned. As a result, almost all our economic activities are halted, people are losing their jobs. For the time being, our new normal includes staying home as much as possible, keeping physical distance from each other and wearing face masks.
My involvement in St. Mary ‘Parish ministry “Padre Pio Prayers Group” has been for me both as an opportunity to my express my gratitude to God and to quench a quest for spiritual enrichment.
It is gratitude because, despite the hardships that most of us face regularly in our daily live, I consider that I have been blessed multiple times by the Holy Trinity and Mother Mary. Indeed, many times, with the Saints, Angels and Archangels, they came to my help and protected me and my family even before I ask for their Mercy.
So, moved by a spirit of thanksgiving I feel the need to give back to our Christian community after all these graces received. This is the way I see my contribution by for example setting the chairs for the audience before our prayer group meeting or simply welcoming this public at the entrance with handouts and a box where they can leave us their prayer requests. I feel joy and happiness doing it. And, it is like they are giving back too.
For the year of 2020, our prayer group is blessed to have the whole year booked with the prominent keynote presenters including our own Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, from the Archdiocese of Vancouver who is scheduled to come in July 2020. Having different presenters add different characteristics and dynamics to the prayer group which attract many people from our own parish and the surrounding parishes.
I love dealing with different presenters, each one of them is unique and wonderful. I look forward to every prayer meeting. Meeting our presenters and our members bring me special delight. Sometime though a presenter might need to cancel due to health reason or an emergency that cannot be averted, then a replacement must be found or try to find a different way to fill in the time, if in any case all efforts were in vain, then the prayer meeting has to be cancelled. So far, God always provided me with a presenter needed for that particular month, He provides the replacement speaker. Praise God. I have never had to cancel a prayer meeting. But that was before COVID19 outbreak!
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