At my parish there is a woman who is very committed to this prayer movement for marriage and family life. The movement started in Ireland where a priest was so sad about the fact that there are so many divorces in our countries. What he started was a movement where a group of 24 people take responsibility to pray one hour each month. Thus with 31 groups there is continuous prayer on the planet for couples and families.
Now this woman at my parish asked me to get involved and at first I was daunted by the request to pray a whole hour! I was not used to it. But I took on the challenge.
My first prayer session I planned on focusing on my own family and my parents. The result was amazing. My fiance whom I was to marry shortly said there was something in the past that he had done that he was very ashamed of. He had never told anyone about it, not even his parents. Well shortly after my prayers, a few days after, he chose to tell me without me pushing him in to it. This made me feel so happy about being able to enter into our marriage with total honesty and trust.
Another wonderful event was regarding my father. During his life he found it very difficult to forgive people. When I was a teenager I asked him to leave my room because I was annoyed with him. His reply was: “Fine, but I will never step into your room again.” He was very hurt and mentioned this several times during the years to come.
Well the day after my prayer session, he called me and said that he would come the 3 hour drive and take a look at my flat. This was very rare for my father to suggest, for he never took initiatives like that. We had a nice time and when he left in the evening he said: “This is how I want to show you that I forgive you for what happened when you were a teenager. Today I have come into your room”.
Not long after he died suddenly. He had a heart attack. The reason I could feel peace about it was because there were no issues left between us.
I am so thankful to the Lord for his many blessings in my life. Praise be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!