A New Person In Jesus
By Leon Nadeau
I had always
thought of myself as a good Christian and Catholic. I hadn't missed
Mass for 40 years. and had kept the church regulations for Fridays,
Holy Days and so-on. But there seemed to be something in my life
that was missing.
It was in the fall of 1980 that my wife and I were planning
a trip to the holy land. We signed up for a tour group that was
being led by a priest from Minneapolis. A few months later, we got a
call that the tour was cancelled, but there was an opening on a tour
led by a priest from Massachusetts. Whoever heard of "Fall
River, Massachusetts?" Being that we didn't know anyone from
that area, we were undecided about making a decision. As we
discussed it the next morning, it became clear that we should go,
and that "it will change our whole life." WOW! What an
understatement! Little did we know what God had planned for us.
NEW PERSON IN
I was on "cloud 9" at that first Mass offered by
Father La Chance, in the Chapel of Nativity in Bethlehem. The
Liturgy of the Mass of Christmas was offered, even though it was Ash
Wednesday. (This is a current Liturgy for any day of the year at our
Savior's birth place.) With us, on the tour, were people from a
Charismatic group from Fall River, MA. They were so loving, kind and
understanding to us. The following Monday morning, I gave myself and
my life to Jesus Christ and asked Him into my life forever! Jesus
was the void I was missing.
Of course, Satan
was also trying to get the best of me also, saying that I had a lot
of things. and I shouldn't have to give them up. I said, "I
don't know about "things" anymore, I belong to Jesus!" As I
read Kings 18, I see that our God lives, and when I asked Him into
my life, He came just as He did when Elijah asked Him to answer.
Jesus burned up my old self, and He born me a new heart of flesh,
with love to replace my old heart of stone, with all its hate and
Our tour took us to Rome, Italy and a visit to through the
Sistine Chapel. even though we did not have an audience with the
Pope, I wasn't disappointed, because I had a Greater One in my heart
. . . JESUS! As we went through the Chapel and seeing the
great works of art by Michael Angelo, I remembered only a few. On
the floor of the Cathedral in Vatican City are the measurements of
the largest Catholic church building, showing how small they are in
size to this large Cathedral in Rome. Since Vatican Council 2, all
denominations of churches are represented by their measurements on
the floor of the main aisle for all to see. The measurements of
Canterbury Cathedral in Great Britain are marked and is second in
size only to the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.
When we returned home, I was still riding high on "cloud 9".
The Holy Scriptures seem to come alive each time I opened the Bible,
as I had a deep hunger for God's word! As our hunger continued to
grow, my wife and I were given a need for Christian fellowship; a
place for somewhere to belong. We were drawn to a Day Of Charismatic
Renewal sponsored by the People Of Jot Prayer Group and New Life
Ministry. We also attended the "Life In The Spirit Seminars"
and since have become regular participants in the weekly prayer
meetings. We are growing more and more daily in the Lord Jesus
"PRAISE HIS NAME!"