He wore an ordinary T-shirt, but the
printed matter on it was very eye-catching indeed! I was looking at his back
first and thought, “What a gruesome picture to wear on your shirt, especially
when you are (and he was) a Christian young man!” But then I saw the front of
the shirt; it had a similar picture on it, but with a small difference – which
made a huge difference!
It happened in the early 1900s that
an altar boy accidentally dropped a glass of wine during mass. This happened in
a small church in Croatia. The priest became upset, slapped the boy and told
him to leave the altar and never come back. The boy never came back, but grew
up to become Tito, the communist leader of Yugoslavia.
the same time another altar boy, Peter John, was assisting a priest at St.
Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, Illinois. He likewise dropped the glass of wine
during Mass, and years later wrote of the experience. Peter John recounted,
“There is no atomic explosion that can equal the intensity of decibels in the
noise and explosive force of a wine cruet falling on a marble floor of a
cathedral in the presence of a bishop; I was frightened to death.” Presiding
over Mass that day was Bishop John Spalding. Bishop Spalding looked at the
broken glass and kindly said, “Someday you will be just as I am.” Peter John
became Archbishop Felton Sheen later in life.
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“The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)
had been a member of the Free Presbyterian Church all her life. Faithfully and
diligently she had read the Scriptures and memorized multiple sections of the
Word throughout her life. Now, during the autumn of her life, she started to
lose control of her faculties little by little. She was diagnosed with
Alzheimer’s, that degenerative disease which leaves a human being ultimately as
a mere shell, at a vegetative level.
minister of her congregation visited her faithfully in the care facility where
she now resided for a number of years, recounts Rev. Alan
Cairns to his audience. The time came that the minister could not have a
conversation with her anymore. He would greet her, mention his name, and ask
after her well-being, but would not even receive a signal that she was aware of
his presence. She was essentially cut off from all human communication and relationship.
Effectively, she had already left this world behind.
recalls Rev. Cairns, “then the moment came, after he had chatted in monologue
for a while, that the minister took out his Bible and started to read from the
Scriptures. To his amazement he heard a soft, quavering voice speaking the same
Scriptures which he was reading. Whereas no communication at all was possible
anymore, whereas she needed full-fledged help from bed to toilet and to
mealtimes, when it came to God’s Word, she actually came alive and spoke!” All
the memory work she had imbibed all through her life was still there, even with
everything else gone!
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