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To: NYer
"On that rainy gray day, March 7, 1997, Mr. Fuina, now 67, a retired N.Y.C. firefighter, drove down Division Avenue, Massapequa, when he noticed “what appeared to be a bum” waving at him. Mr. Fuina pointed to himself, as if to say, ‘me?’ The stranger, who had a long beard and was dressed in a speckled white outfit, nodded and asked, “Will you give me a lift, please?” He said he had waited all morning for a ride. Although Mr. Fuina never picked up hitchhikers, for some reason he agreed to take the man to Maria Regina Church, Seaford, as requested. “You have a sickness, would you like to discuss it with me?” said the man, when he was settled into the car, Mr. Fuina recalled." http://www.stwilliam.org/fuina_story.htm
5 posted on 09/23/2009 11:03:38 AM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: fatima

Here’s the live link.
http://www.stwilliam.org/fuina_story.htm


6 posted on 09/23/2009 11:04:13 AM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: fatima
Wow!!! Thank you so much for posting the link to that story!!! I love Padre Pio but had never read that account before. Several of my HS classmates were from St.William the Abbot in Seaford.

There are similar stories with St. Charbel, including a woman on whom he 'operated' in the middle of the night. You can read them here.


Saint Charbel Makhluf

Like St. Pio, he was also a monk but lived as a hermit. He died on Christmas Eve, 1898, reciting the Father of Truth prayer.


http://www.ayletmarcharbel.org/PrayerFatherofTruth.htm | Mar Charbel Org

 

Father of Truth

(The Last Prayer of Saint Charbel before he died)

 

Father of truth,

Here is your Son,

The sacrifice in which you are well pleased.

Accept him for he died for me.

So through him I shall be pardoned.

Here is the offering.

Take it from my hands

And so I shall be reconciled with you.

Remember not the sins that I have committed

In front of your Majesty.

Here is the blood which flowered on Golgotha

For my salvation and prays for me.

Out of consideration for this,

Accept my supplication.

I have committed many sins

But your mercy is great.

If you put them in the balance,

Your goodness will have more weight

Than the most mighty mountains.

Look not upon my sins,

But rather on what is offered for them,

For the offering and the sacrifice

Are even greater than the offences.

Because I have sinned,

Your beloved bore the nails and the spear.

His sufferings are enough to satisfy you.

By them I shall live.

Glory be to the Father who sent His Son for us.

Adoration be to the Son who has freed us and ensured our salvation.

Blessed be he who by his love has given life to all.

To him be the glory.

 

from the Maronite Liturgy.

8 posted on 09/23/2009 2:39:51 PM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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