A few days ago I was in Dublin. As I haven’t lived there for quite some time I was a bit lost. As I walked by the canal I noticed two men that looked as though they might be homeless. I felt to ask them for directions!
I was quickly introduced to Ben and Gerry. One wore a rosary around his neck with long hair, a beard and a terrible cut accross his eye (actually he looked like Jesus). He asked me to guess his age. Fortunately he told me that he was 36 before I said 55!! I could not believe I was only 2 years younger than him. No doubt he had a very hard life.
I told him that I had been to Padre Pio’s shrine in italy. He corrected me saying ‘Saint Padre Pio’. He then went on to speak of His faith which I found most inspiring as I continued to gaze at the cut!
He continued to recite to me an alternative ‘Hail Mary’. This one being
Hail Mary Full of Grace
Holy Mary mother of God
Pray for our sainthood
Now and forevermore
I didn’t argue, it was clearly from the heart and I’m sure went straight up.
We finished with a prayer. This encounter showed me once again not to judge and also not to be afraid. By asking those men for directions I was also giving them their dignity and breaking down a barrier between rich and poor, standing on the common platform of being human!
Blessed are the poor…