Groups and His Presence

Dear Parishioners,

George Anderson was a chaplain at New York’s Riker’s Island prison. One night he was praying with a small group of prisoners over the story of the Good Samaritan.

One of the prisoners, whose name was Richard, was present for the first time. The room was cold and Richard was wrapped in two blankets. The prisoner opposite him was shivering. At one point while the group was praying in silence, Richard suddenly got up, went over to the shivering man and put a blanket around him.

Richard’s silent action witnessed not only to Jesus’s words about loving others, but also to Jesus’s presence among us when we gather in His name.

Can I recall a time when I felt moved by Jesus’s words or His presence in a group?

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick