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To Jesus’ Disciples No One is a Stranger

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Our Jesus retreat on Saturday after Thanksgiving was a wonderful experience for us all.  A beautiful young mother came from northern Canada, a four hour drive by car to the airport and an hour and a half by plane to Albany.  As soon as she arrived at the retreat she immediately knew it was meant to be. She said she had never felt so loved and accepted as she did by this little Jesus family.  “Everyone embraced me and treated me, not as a stranger, which I had been so used to, but as if they had known me all their lives and I was one of them.  They were interested in everything about me. I never felt so loved.  It was so healing.”  And we all learned so much from her warm contemplative personality, and her depth of understanding of spirituality.

Judge John Nesbitt’s group of friends who had come from near Rochester added another spiritual dimension to the gathering, from which we all benefited.  Father Peter Young and Judge Nesbitt were glad to meet each other and became fast friends as they had many things to share about their work with hurting people.

 

One of my sisters, Lorraine, came which was a special joy. After years of speaking to people in so many parts of the world, I felt so happy that a family member could experience whatever it is that seems to touch so many others.  As the lady from Canada said, “So often we are treated as strangers, but with this Jesus group, nobody felt like a stranger. We were just family.”

 

Even after that lady went back to Canada when she finished the rest of her private retreat a few days later, people whom she had met called to ask if she got back home safe and had a pleasant trip, and asked for here address.  And another dear friend from Baltimore became her friend.

 

A precious little episode occurred when my godson, Peter Della Ratta, Joey’s younger brother, walked into the meeting hall with his two and half year old son, Athen. When the little guy spotted me speaking, he cried out, “Fahd!” and came running over to me.”  Then he spotted  his grandparents and ran to them.  I can see why Jesus had so much fun with the children in the crowds who were with him. For him they were not a distraction. They were part of his message.

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