Thanks for the prayers that I asked for yesterday. I finally got to talk with the epicenter guy himself. I laughed with our Lord and gasped with our Lord for the better part of an hour. We could have continued talking for days non-stop. This was one of the most inspirational, hilarious, sad, ironic, enthralling, joyful, gasp-filled conversations I’ve ever had.
When you speak with someone who knows Jesus as a friend, a close friend, who has suffered terribly for Jesus, been betrayed for Jesus, slandered for Jesus, right through the decades, who knows what it is to remain entirely faithful through adversity, joyful through adversity, you’re immediately a life-long best friend with such a person, because the truth that you instantly recognize is an un-manipulate-able Living Truth, Jesus, who is always present with His close friends, because the enthusiasm you witness to in that person is that of one who rejoices in the just triumphalism of the Divine Son of God: Do not fear! I have overcome the world! That kind of person cannot be dragged down by the demonic darkness, cannot be made cynical by the “powers that be,” cannot be made to be someone who is not a close friend of Jesus. What an honor to speak to him! What an honor to be able to help him later today… Please offer a prayer to this end… Hail Mary…
I’m still laughing out loud in agreement with comments and sentiments he shared, with stories he told. They resonated in my soul to the Nth degree. We know a lot of the same people. Hah!
For instance, there’s a successful FBI intervention that he spoke about. I know an FBI agent involved with that case, who had told me some of the methodology. That brought a lot of things full circle and told me something about all those involved, both not far from where I am and in more distant places where epicenters have still been exploding for all these decades.
This was all just stunning. I mean, it was all a sad and terrible topic, yes, but, I must say, in contrast, the grace of Lord, if taken up, conquers all. I wish everyone knew this fellow’s joy and freedom in the Holy Spirit, his faithfulness to the Lord Jesus. Perhaps, someday. Perhaps someday soon. Here we have honesty, integrity, goodness and kindness. I’m still laughing out loud. Instant friendship. I love being a priest. What a privilege to meet such great people. What a privilege to do some small thing to help him out. To do something for this guy is for me to be able to say thank you to Jesus.