Sister of Life recalls moment of grace after being hit with pigeon droppings in Hell’s Kitchen

Mon Apr 08, 2013 17:36 EST
AUKLAND, New Zealand, April 7, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Over 1000 people took part in the 20th annual Eucharistic Convention held in Aukland over the weekend.  After an opening Mass by Bishop Patrick Dunn and an address by newly named Papal Dame Colleen Bayer, founder of Family Life International NZ, the enthusiastic crowd heard from a young nun – a member of the Sisters for Life founded in New York by the late Cardinal John O’Connor.

Sister Bethany Madonna related that she resides in one of the roughest places of the Bronx in NY called Hell’s Kitchen.

Sister Bethany
One day, she recalled, she was having a bad day, so bad she described her mood in song: “I’ve lost that loving feeling… and it’s gone, gone, gone.”

But she felt inspired to head to the local church for consolation and to ask her order's late founder for prayer and guidance.  As she neared the church, she felt what she thought was rain.  However she noted it was only raining on her and soon discovered she had been the victim of a dive bomb attack of pigeons.

Her habit splattered with bird droppings, sister relates she felt utterly humiliated.  She felt exasperated but said with resignation a prayer she learned from Pope John Paul II when he had once had a car door slammed on his hand—he said aloud “Jesus, thank you for loving me in this way."

The prayer recited, Sister Bethany turned to make her way back to the convent as she could not enter the church in her splotched and splattered state.

It was then that a man approached her, seemingly oblivious to her state.  He begged her prayers as his marriage was in trouble because of his addiction to pornography.

In the midst of her own filth and humiliation, says Sister Bethany, she was in the perfect place to identify with this man. She gave him counsel and prayed with him right there on the street in Hell’s Kitchen.

As she departed she recognized God’s hand in making her ready to minister to this troubled man.  The song in her heart changed there and then, she recalled, to “I’ve got sunshine, on a cloudy day….”

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