Two weeks ago I participated in an event called “Encounter the Light.” The purpose of “Encounter the Light” was to provide the opportunity for people to have an encounter with the Lord by coming to spend time with him through quiet time, reflection, and prayer. This opportunity was made available because Holy Cross Church in Federal Hill opened their doors on a Saturday night from 9pm – midnight. I heard about this event through ChristLife, the young adult group I am a member of. The idea sounded neat to me and since I like new experiences and the faith I wanted to see what this “Encountering the Light” was all about. Continue reading
“Mike! How about her?” I point to a middle-aged woman sitting by herself on a grassy area in Baltimore’s inner harbor. “More than anything she looks distracted.” Mike replies as we notice how busy she was re-doing her makeup.
It is a Sunday afternoon and we are in the middle of street evangelization, approaching people to share how God has worked in our lives, to pray for them and to share the good news of God’s love. I stop and sense the Holy Spirit calling me to her and I turn to Mike “Ok, let us at least tell her she is beautiful.” I walk without fear into what would be the last and deepest evangelization experience of the day, one that would end with a kiss.
Greetings brothers and sisters last night I attended street evangelization and although much of the night turned out to be confused looks and no thanks or sarcasm there were others that accepted our worship most importantly this older lady that I approached whom my group had a long conversation with. She had been having dinner with her friend for his birthday and he is in his third battle of cancer and will not be around very long. She is a catholic and was confused why he didn’t believe in God. Although faithful she wasn’t for sure about heaven and hell so my group started talking to her about what has been said about after life and really opened her eyes after a wonderful talk we had to remind her we were there to pray if she would still like to and as we were about to a gentleman she was friends with approached us and he had many intentions he would like to pray for so we all held hands in a circle and after prayer she was so blessed she had felt electricity throughout her. She hugged us all and was amazed that after numerous counts of trying to find a parking spot and losing her keys in her purse that us three young adults were going around on a Saturday night to pray and that God had blessed us with the gift of meeting and touching her life. This account opened my eyes like never before my heart was completely opened and my eyes filled with tears, and I now understand the meaning of spreading the good word. God bless you all.
When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be well?” – John 5:6
Three days ago, I had been encouraged to join a few friends in my young adult group to do some community outreach. When my friend, Zack, first mentioned to me the nature of the activity, I wasn’t sure it was something I particularly felt comfortable doing. Yet there I was, finding myself in the company of five men, my brothers in the community, walking around the streets of West Baltimore. I was the token 5-foot-tall Asian girl, holding a white placard with the bold scribble “Romans 1:16” among a crowd of (tall) men who were carrying food items and water, vouching for my safety as we moved along. Continue reading
Thus says the LORD: Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed; your vindication shall go before you, and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
This was the first mass reading from Isaiah chapter 58 for Sunday February 9th. It could not have been more appropriate as I and my brothers Zack, Vinny, and Joe hit the streets of Baltimore on a bitterly cold day to provide food to the homeless.
“And He said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’” (Mt 13:52)
The Church celebrates God’s treasures – His new and His old. She celebrates the new lives He creates and new souls ready to view His creation afresh and love afresh. She celebrates Him who knits new lives in their mothers’ wombs – who makes all these lives wonderfully (c.f. Ps 139:13-14).
“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is thy name in all the earth! Thou whose glory above the heavens is chanted by the mouth of babes and infants, thou hast founded a bulwark because of thy foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.” (Ps 8:1-2)