I have attended an event at St Aloysius Church , Glasgow. Nightfever on several occassions, both alone and with my husband and also on one occassion with our toddler. I intent for the next event 1st June 2013 to bring our daughter on the eve of her 12th birthday and allow her to experience such a beautiful outpouring of Gods grace and Love.
The image at the start of this blog post is of Our Lord Jesus Christ exposed in the Blessed Sacrament, THIS should have been my priority in attending the event, and it was one of my main reasons for attending, because the real presence and warmth of Christ IS found when we watch Him peacefully and really search our hearts and souls and ASK for his real presence to penetrate our hearts.
I couldnt really believe that I went along with the expectation of recieving confession and maybe managing a chat with a good friend that was there…..
Dear God, please forgive me for not going with an open mind and heart. I don’t know what I expected from the evening really, I knew confession and adoration were a must for me. I knew that I needed filling up… with the love of God. WOW!!! is all I can really say…. I was emptied out and filled back up … Empty and beautiful is how it made me feel. God is so good. I cried many healing tears at this event, not ridiculous over the top sobs and hysterics – these were silent, healing tears ones deep down from the bottom of my heart and belly of my soul. All I can really say is that God truly emptied me out and filled me with a peace that I could only previously have imagined in the midst of all our troubles at the moment. This peace confirmed to me that the hardest path, whilst not the most attractive,is often the one that has been assigned for you to walk.. daily we must pick up the Cross we are given, often that Cross can seem heavy and we can wonder how it will ever be possible for us to do it on our own.. the point is we are not MEANT TO DO IT ALONE!!!! Christ is right there with you walking that path waiting for you to cry out from the depths of your heart and deep down in the belly of your soul saying I NEED YOU, I cannot do this alone.
We cannot do anything about the choices other people make, or how they choose to live but we can allow their choices not to take us away from God, we can remain in Christ no matter what is going on in our lives, and we can pray for those that have lost their way. Not only is it the best thing to do in ANY situation, good or bad, sometimes it is also the only thing we can do.
As I have said so many times, the best way to stay firmly rooted in Christ is to keep our hearts open and full of prayer.
Try it for a day. Prayer works! The Holy Mass, the Holy Rosary, Adoration, Quiet reflection, Bible study, Offering up and dare I say fasting …. Do it! Remain centred on Christ and do all things in Love…