In his wonderful book "Tattoo on the Heart" Fr. Gregory Boyle writes of a young female heroine addict and gangbanger who had burst into his office 5 minutes before a baptism service..."I mistook her as an interruption."
How many people do we shrug off a day? How many friends on need to we put off until we have time 'to deal'? How many interruptions in life do we miss seeing the presence of God standing right in front of our eyes because we are too busy with something trivial? Fr. Boyle set aside a baptism, one of the holiest of sacraments, to hear the confesssion of someone most of us would cross the street to avoid.
What does that say to you? And how is God meeting you in your business of life?
I encourage all to pick up a copy of this book for inspiration and insight into God's grace shining even in the darkest of places...the ganglands of Los Angeles' barrios.
"We need friends. Friends guide us, care for us, confront us in love, console us in times of pain. Although we speak of "making friends," friends cannot be made. Friends are free gifts from God. But God gives us the friends we need when we need them if we fully trust in God's love.
Friends cannot replace God. They have limitations and weaknesses like we have. Their love is never faultless, never complete. But in their limitations they can be signposts on our journey towards the unlimited and unconditional love of God. Let's enjoy the friends whom God has sent on our way."
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”