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Topic: Fellowship (among believers) (10/11/07)
TITLE: Gathering of Disciples
By Carolyn Kenney
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For quite a few years, I was a member of a wonderful and inspiring prayer group. It was quite by accident that I happened upon the “Gathering of Disciples.” One week, my friend, Patty, invited me to go to the meeting with her, at which time I became captivated by the friendship, warmth and concern of those present. Soon, I found myself letting nothing come in the way of the weekly meeting of the “Gathering of Disciples.” Every Thursday night, we would gather in the lower hall of a beautiful church, which is a half hour from my home. The hall was always filled with men and women from neighboring parishes who were there to share their faith with one another.
Many times, work would be rather difficult; my boss at the time was critical and overbearing. This was the case one week upon arriving at the prayer group meeting. As I walked down the stairs and into the hall, a woman greeted me saying, “How are you? I am so happy to see you.” I needed to hear those words of warm greeting that particular week. Her generous spirit made my happy I had attended that night; her sincere concern and Christian love enveloped me.
During that time, my faith grew in ways I never thought possible. I went from a believer to more of a participant in my local church. I took part in retreats, trips overseas to holy shrines and began writing a weekly devotional article in my parish bulletin. Becoming involved in your parish, even in a small way, is a necessary part of growing in faith. As we grow, we come to love God more and are eager to share our knowledge and love with others, thereby helping to create a world of peace and love within our communities.
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