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.
But as a sinner, despite God Mercy, I kept falling again. So, I have also this desire to do more than going to confession to strengthen my faith and to deserve God salvation.
When, I heard about “Padre Pio Prayers Group” meeting from Fr. Gabriel I have been immediately interested. Padre Pio life, dedication and teaching appeared to me as a perfect source to get closer to God. Now after more than one year attending the prayer group meeting, listening the presenters talks and Lucy about Padre Pio life, my faith did grow with more hope and peace of heart. That helps me to stand in the gap as intercessory prayer warrior.
In addition, one unpredictable pleasure has been just to be among the prayer group team and attending our preparation meetings where humor, deep talk, moment of grace and prayers had brought me a lot of delight.
Written by: Herve Merabli
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