A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Tuesday 28 May

Acts 16:22-34; Psalm 138; John 16:5-11

Darkness into light

When everything seems darkest, God shows his hand. Paul and Silas had been stripped, flogged, shackled, imprisoned. They prayed and sang hymns. They were alone. No earthly help was forthcoming. A massive earthquake wrecked the prison. The warder was converted, and his family. He took them home, medicated and fed them. We pray when all seems hopeless. My mother told me that when she was widowed at a young age, with three children and pregnant, she could not even pray. For months, she just sat in church in silence. But the Holy Spirit was at work, and slowly the light filtered through.

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