Editor's Note: During the month of November, as the Year of Faith draws to a close, we will be celebrating all the fruits of this year. Each day we will feature a short reflection from Catholics all over the country and world, sharing what God has done. If you want to share your own fruits with us, email us a short reflection (no more than 500 words, please) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear how God has blessed you and deepened your faith this year!
My year of faith really began in April 2012.
It was my turn to take groceries donated by the parishioners to the food bank, so I put them into my car when someone asked if I wanted help. As I turned to say thank you my ankle twisted on a patch of uneven ground and down I went injuring my left ankle and right shoulder. My sprained ankle soon healed but the shoulder was ouchy and movements restricted. So when our parish priest asked if I would go to Milan in May for the International Seminar of Parish Evangelising Cells, I could only go if my non Church-going, non-Catholic husband came with me to physically aid me, which bless him, Bob agreed to do.
Though he did not attend the seminar, Bob came to the Masses, shared in the meals and attended the group meetings at the end of each day. He was treated as a member of the group and he called himself an associate member. 16 parishioners including our parish priest attended and became closer to each other and, barely knowing each other before, we are great friends now. Bob noted how we all were changing and commented “Their attitudes had changed and there was eagerness to know more and there was a glow about them.” When we returned home we met regularly; Bob also came. We had a successful national seminar on Evangelisation Cells in November 2012 and are now undergoing training to set up cells in the parish.
I feel drawn to daily Mass and Adoration and it has deepened my faith. I attend healing Masses but my shoulder injury remains. It is a full thickness tear of a tendon that will not heal and I am too old and arthritic to have surgery which might not be successful anyway…but I am healed emotionally and spiritually. It is a small price to pay for seeing my husband of 49 years getting closer to the Faith. He now attends the Journey in Faith course and attends Mass on Sundays, our retreats and teaching sessions.
A cradle Catholic, I had always wanted a Damascus experience – which has not happened – but at Mass I now experience wonderful feelings of joy. Our 13 year old grandson was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes at the end of August this year and is on insulin. At the same time he had surgery for a burst appendix and peritonitis. I prayed with him when we were alone and I could feel my belief was stronger and I prayed with expectant faith. Now his sugar level has dropped so much that his insulin requirements are greatly reduced. God is working in so many areas of my life and I have much to be thankful for.
I used to play badminton on Monday nights, now I go to Adoration instead; and though I can no longer play lawn bowls, I feel uplifted by my spiritual life. Amen
- Mrs Cecilia Skudder, Orpington Kent England