Yesterday when I went to go to Mass I found the doors locked. But I was there a good 40 minutes before Mass was scheduled. So I walked over to the cemetery to pray the Divine Mercy where my wife is entombed.
So as I am praying I started to hear the Divine Mercy being played on someone’s phone. At first, I was rather annoyed at this. Decided though to see if I could sync up with the recording. Turns out I was only one bead fast and that ultimately ended up at the Trisagion at the same time. So an interesting bit of synchronicity.
When opened my eyes I found the man with the phone was someone from one of the bible studies I attend and that he had lost his wife not that long ago.
So I told him about finishing up the Divine Mercy at the same time. So we got to talking about what it means for us to be able to pray before our wives here. So I got to learn about how his wife worked at the Divine Mercy center which cares for unwed mothers and is within eyesight of where we were. How she loved working there and how she spiritually adopted each child. This was very affecting for me. I remember not that long ago at bible study how he had told us that his last week with his wife was like a second honeymoon. I don’t think I will ever forget that description and that insight into their life together.
So here was a morning where first I was annoyed the church doors had not been opened yet so I could go in and pray. Again annoyed by someone playing a recording of the Divine Mercy while I am trying to pray.
I thank God I was thus annoyed and now annoyed at my own continuing “it’s all about me” mode of life.