One time, Graham Greene went on pilgrimage with his mistress… Catherine Walston….on pilgrimage and went to Mass at San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy….
Padre Pio was the celebrant….and after Mass, having seen Graham Greene or having had it revealed to him (by word of mouth or directly from God) that Graham Greene was in attendance….
Padre Pio invited Greene to visit with him afterwards, but he declined.
The quote attributed to him after that is kind of terrifying. He said:
“I didn’t want to change my life by meeting a saint. I felt that there was a good chance that he was one.”
“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” ― Jim Elliot
At the end we’ll ask ourselves, “Was I a good shepherd or did I just take care of the problems of the day?”
“Unless your faith is firm, you shall not be firm!”
There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. -Alfred Hitchcock
1 Peter 3:8-9
All of you should be like-minded, sympathetic, loving toward one another, kindly disposed, and humble. Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult. Return a blessing instead. This you have been called to do, that you may receive a blessing as your inheritance.
You command the seed to rise, Lord God, though the farmer is unaware. Grant that those who labor for you may trust not in their own work but in your help. Remembering that the land is brought to flower not with human tears but with those of your Son, may the Church rely only upon your gifts.