What if Adam and Eve didn’t sin? What would have come of it all? Don’t get me wrong: Eden must have been a nice place, but was it to be the end of the story? In any case, it was to be just the beginning of the human story. We have no way of knowing God’s Plan A, at this point, now after Adam and Eve provoked Plan B, i.e., the “after the fall” scenario.
In my years as a priest, I have been so blessed to have so many tell me of how they have been found by the Good Shepherd and how they have come to know Him. It’s impressive, that while each story is so personal and particular, these testimonies share something in common that is true and that I have found my own personal experience confirms.
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Sixteen centuries after Saint John rested near the Heart of Jesus at the Last Supper (cf. Jn. 13:23), Our Lord extended the same invitation to a simple nun of the Visitation Convent of Paray-le-Monial, France. On December 27, 1673, Jesus appeared to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque and invited her to repose upon His breast. Opening His Heart to her, He revealed His deeply personal love, giving Margaret Mary, like Saint John, a new name: “the beloved disciple of My Sacred Heart.”
Throughout the Middle Ages, literacy rates in Europe were constantly fluctuating. At times it was not uncommon for the King or Queen of a country to be illiterate, while at the same time other countries encouraged all classes of people to learn. This is vastly different from today’s society, where vast numbers of people throughout the world are taught to read and write.
There is a family that I knew well. Two adult married brothers living in adjoining homes. The entire time I knew them there was a cold silence between them. They never spoke to each other and did not even recognize each other’s physical presence or wave to each other in neighborly greeting. I have no knowledge of the past offense or slight that set this enmity in motion. But it spread its toxic poison to their wives, children and friends.