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Old Apr 4, '05, 6:54 am
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Here is a story I found and I thought I would share will all of you!


Dr Scott Hahn shared the following true story on April 25, 2001, on 'Mother Angelica live.' This story was related to Dr Hahn by his spiritual director. He said that all hte stories he has heard about the Pope, this is his favorite. He heard the story while in New York City visiting a priest who is in the Archdiocese of NY. This priest related the story of what happened on his last trip to Rome.

While he was walking the streets of Rome, it came time for the priest to say his prayers so he began looking for a church where he could go and pray. He spotted a church as he got closer to the door of the church he saw a beggar, which is not unusual to see in the streets of Rome. Something, however, troubled him about this particular beggar, but he wasn't sure what it was. The priest went into the church to say his prayers, and then suddenly it dawned on him that he recognized the beggar. So as he left chiurch, he said to the beggar, 'Excuse me, do I know you?' After they realized that they were in the seminary together! The priest had been ordained a priest and he told the NY priest that he had 'crashed and burned' in his vocation. The priest left the beggar really shaken up.

The priest's next destination was a meeting at the Vatican. At the end of the meeting there was a formal get-together with the Pope, where there was a receiving line. When it was his turn to meet the Pope, the priest gave in to a holy impulse and got down on his knnes and implored the Pope,' Pray, Holy Father, for this particular man. I went to the seminary with this man and now he is a beggar. He's lost. Pray for him.' After that impulse the priest left St Peter's and went back to the church and ,sure enough, the beggar was still there by the doorstep. The priest said to the beggar, 'Excuse me, I have an official invitation for both of us to have dinner with the Holy Father tonight.' The beggar said, 'No I can't.' But the priest said. 'You better, because i'm not going to have dinner with the Pope any other way!' He told the beggar to accompany him to his room where he would provide him with a razor and clothes. About an hour later these two were making their way to the pope's residence. They got to the papl apartment and sat down to dinner with the Pope. About an hour later the pope motioned for the priest to go out into the hallway. The Pope turned to the beggar and said, 'Would you hear my Confession?' The beggar said,
I'm not a priest any more.' But the Pope replied, 'Once a priest, always a priest.' The beggar said, 'I'm not in good standing with the Church.' The Pope shot back, 'I'm the Pope. I'm the bishop of Rome. I can re-intate you right now.' The beggar agreed, and so Pope John Paul 2 proceeded to confess his sins. The beggar priest barely got the words of absolution out before he dropped on his knees and tearfully asked, 'Holy Father, will you hear my Confession?' He confessed and was restored to good graces with Our lord.

Soon the NY priest was invited back in from the hallway and the Pope asked him about the beggar, 'What was the parish you found him?' The priest told him the name of the church, and then the Pope said to the beggar priest. 'For your first pastoral assignment, I want you to go to the pastor there and report for duty because you'll be an associate there with a special outreach for your fellow beggars.'

And that is where the beggar is today, fulfilling his new priestly role.

Christ is risen...truly He is risen!
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Old Apr 4, '05, 7:31 am
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Thanks for that post. It was a great way to start the day.
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Old Apr 4, '05, 7:34 am
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Wow, a great story!

We are never so far gone that we can't be brought back into a state of grace. Wonderful!
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Thank you for relaying that story. It makes my heart sing with joy and yes, you were correct. It did bring a tear to my eye.
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That is such a great story to show how much Pope John Paul II was so Christ-like... he must be in Heaven now with Christ.
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Thank you Shoshana. My Priest related the same story yesterday during his homily! Everyone was clearly moved, it brought tears and smiles to us all.
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Our Holy Father was a giant!
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The story describes a true saint---John Paul the Great!

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Oh, Shoshana, this is a beautiful story about our Pope, thank you! I have never heard it before and I was so very moved to read it. How much love he had! What a wonderful thing he did for that priest--having him hear his Confession. How could one not undergo a complete conversion at such an occasion? What a pure heart!

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That is beautiful
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I heard Dr. Hahn tell this story at our Evangelization Conference last year. There wasn't a dry eye in the place. When he finished the story Dr. Hahn said 'This is the man God has chosen to lead His Church. We can all be proud.'
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The pope had a great love for the poor and destitide. During one of his Chicago visits (pre-pope days), he asked to be driven through the poor neighborhoods. He had already begun giving away his possessions to the poor. An old friend of his, learning of this, once tried to give him a few bucks. (He figured that the cardinal could use some new shoes.) Wotylja told him to get out of here and go put the money in the poor box.
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a new addition to my compilation...i hope it's alright...?
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Fantastic!
 

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