|Father Aniello Salicone, s.x.|
His teachings tonight were of God's love (of course). That's his thing. But he solved a problem that's been bouncing around in my head for awhile. You see one time when I was praying the thought occurred to me that I was kind of wasting my time because what I was praying for was something that God wants, too. Father Aniello proved statistically that God answers prayers and either gives us what we want or something better. I don't remember the exact figures, but I remember that we get what we ask for 4% of the time. Yet 50 % of the time we get something better. We also don't see immediate results. Father Aniello quoted St. Theresa of Avila saying, "Thank God, He didn't give me what I was asking for two days ago. Because now I don't need it."
Father Aniello also talked of the evil one. He's the one that causes pain, sickness, division, etc.. So don't blame God. God only wants good things for His children.
The Holy Spirit was palpable, too. I could feel Him. The praising was uplifting. I also saw some old friends. God is good--all the time.