Posts tagged bernardbrien
Sheila Liaugminas

When discreet encounters with spiritual things get insinuated into your everyday life frequently over a few years, you don’t really notice that something is happening to direct your attention toward the transcendent, the divine. You only see that with perfect hindsight. Which happened to me on an otherwise ordinary day when something routine became an extraordinary catalyst that brought it all together, in the span of a few hours.

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Bernard Brien

After spending the greater part of my life far from the Church, I made up again with God at the age of fifty-seven. It happened one day in May 2004. My second marriage was on the rocks. I was desperate because of this new failure that confirmed the collapse of my life. That day, prompted by I know not what inspiration, I went through the door of a little chapel in Les Sables-d’Olonne, at the seashore. It had been ages since I had gone into a church. As soon as I crossed the threshold, I felt that I was seized, enveloped by a presence. I remained there for more than an hour, in silence, awkwardly starting a dialogue with God that resembled a prayer. As I left the chapel, with my heart calmed and at the same time inflamed, I knew that now nothing would be as it had been before.

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