Experiencing the Extraordinary Presence of God

          This week I would like to share a very special experience I had on the day of my ordination into the diaconate. A part of the Ordination Rite is to be vested by your pastor.  Fr. Tim O’Neill walked towards me with my stole and dalmatic in his hands. As he began to vest me a feeling came over me like one that I had never experienced. I felt the presence of God in a way that drew my breath out of my body and left me gasping to regain the rhythm of my breath. I think of that moment often and until a few weeks ago, I thought I might never experience that feeling ever again, but I was wrong.

Since the night of our fire, I have experienced the extraordinary presence of God almost every day. I witness God’s presence in our pastor, Fr. Mike, as he lives the Gospel of Matthew 19:23-30, “With God all things are possible,” as he leads our parish with unshakable faith and courage. I witness God’s presence in our parish staff who live the Word of Isaiah 8:8, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here I am. Send me!” Most especially I have witnessed God’s extraordinary presence in our wonderful parishioners who are living the Psalm 29:11, “The Lord will give strength to his people. The Lord will bless his people with peace.”

Thank you for allowing me to feel the presence of God in an extraordinary way through all you do. May God’s blessings continue to pour forth upon us.

Deacon John