Monday, November 30, 2015

Who taught you the Good News?

"Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ."
This morning, on Pray-As-You-Go, the question was asked, Who taught you the best news about God? Is there one person you can look back and say, I really learned about God from that person? In thinking about it, I'd say I learned the best news about God from Fr. Charlie Gorman, an Irish priest who served in eastern Montana for many years. He taught me about the love of God and that one can have a loving relationship with God. God is not a big authoritative ledger-keeper in the sky, keeping track of our sins, like some Divine Santa Claus.  God is, first and foremost, Love. And this was fabulous news to me in the 1970's, let me tell ya!  Fr. Gorman taught me that I can have a running prayer conversation with God all the time, not  just at the time I am "saying my prayers." When I was having some difficulty after foolishly seeing the movie, "The Exorcist," Fr. Gorman was the one who famously advised, "Heidi-dear, just tell the devil to go to hell where he belongs!" (Hopefully, you were able to read that with a brogue.) So, this rich reminder will stay with me all day, as I remember the Irishman who taught me the Good News.  Is there someone who taught you the Good News of Jesus? Is there someone you can teach the Good News to?  Love on this first Monday of Advent!  heidi

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