Saturday, April 17, 2004

An Invitation from Father Benedict Groeschel...

When we run into difficult situation, we often find that family and friends come to our assistance, and that can be a most consoling thing. The brothers and sisters of our community, together with my own family and friends, have made this difficult experience much more bearable. I will always be grateful to them. There are, however, the times when you are alone. As I look around the nursing home where I am recovering at the moment, I see so many elderly people and even those in their late sixties and early seventies with illnesses, who appear to be terribly alone. It seems tragic. Wouldn't it be wonderful in our society if it became a custom among Christians to visit one sick person, one lonely person, in a nursing home or hospital every week? It would turn Sunday morning after Mass into a time of great blessedness. In my present situation I am aware that there are so many good people who for one reason or another have no one to support them. Jesus says in St. Matthew's Gospel: "I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me." It's a good resolution to make.