Chocolates and God
In Malta we have an old convent built in
1623. For many decades it served as the Missionary
College for the Discalced Carmelite Fathers
as a training center for the missions in
the Middle East. It is a huge, four story
building, with massive imposing walls...
I spent my first years of my priesthood there
- Saint Teresa's Priory, Cospicua.
There a small incident happened to
opened news vistas in my perception
It must have been just before midnight
someone rang the doorbell of our convent.
He rang once, twice, three times. When
calls at that hour of the night, we
it is an emergency. Normally it is
dying and the relatives or the neighbors
calls us to give the sacrament of the
of the sick.
"Hello! Anything wrong? Do you
anything?" asked one of us who
out from the window above. It was a
man eighteen or twenty years old.
"Yes, I would like to speak to
Pius," answered casually this
The Father came and knocked at the
my room, for I was already asleep.
downstairs wondering what is happening.
must be some serious, urgent problem,
I kept thinking as I went down the
"Father, I need a favor from you,"
the young man began.
"Of course if I can help, it will
a pleasure," I answered.
"You see, Father, I heard that
you are going to England. Do you mind
something for me while you are there?"
My mind immediately screamed medicine
something more urgent and serious.
So I was really taken aback when he
"You see, Father, I am engaged and my
girlfriend loves this kind of chocolate.
Would you mind buying me this kind of chocolate
while you are there?" And he handed
some English currency pound notes.
I felt like screaming... and definitely I
cannot transcribe here my interior reaction
- "Lord forgive me!!". But as I
was aboard the airplane flying to England,
I remember an idea passed through my mind
- an idea that has accompanied me all these
If a young man is willing to hassle people
so much to please his girlfriend...waking
up a whole convent at midnight, calling me
down from my room, acquiring English currency
... how much more will God - who created
the heart of the young man! - do for you
and me just to make us happy? If this young
man was so creative just to see his girlfriend
smile, how much more does God invent things
simply to add beauty to our lives. His only
ambition is to make us happy! Our lives must
be full of His delicate touches! If only
we perceive them more. Yes, if only!
It was well after midday. A typical warm
Maltese day. I was returning from a talk
to the Sisters on the bus. Being very tired
I felt asleep. I awoke with a start and immediately
I realized that I had well missed the bus
stop where I was supposed to come down. Being
drowsy and tired, and it was so hot outside,
I just did not relish this extra walk. However....
as soon as I got off the bus someone honked
his horn at me. It was my brother, Victor!.
"The Lord really loves you," he
said as I got into his car. "I should
not be here now. It is entirely by chance
that I am passing this way."
"And it is entirely by chance I got
off the bus here," was my hushed reply.
In my heart, I said, "Lord, do you really
love me so much?"
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