The Fifth Gospel Project

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Send me up to 400 words (or as short as a few sentences) telling of one specific experience of God in your own life. The more recent the better. Don’t be afraid to be honest and open. Pray about exactly which experience Jesus might want you to share.

Please share this invitation with others.

You might also know of someone with a story which you feel needs to be shared but perhaps they may not get around to writing it themselves. You might be able to help them by writing as they tell their story and sending on their behalf.

Don’t be afraid to write about your personal experience of God in any struggle, family, relationship, love, weakness, addiction, grief, abortion, betrayal, church, loss, divorce, sacraments, friendship, emotions (positive and negative), sexuality, hope, betrayal, joy, celebration…. the list is endless and no story of personal divine experience is off bounds since every situation and circumstance is a potential place of encounter with God – but keep in mind the focus is on your experience of the action of God.

Ideally you will include your name (full name or just first name) or you are welcome to write anonymously – giving only perhaps a sentence about yourself.

Chat with others about what you might contribute, or what they might send.

Send your contribution to me either by email john@fff.org.nz or at this web page before the end of this month (30 April 2024). The format is simple:

Name (full or first or anon)

One sentence about yourself (even if you contribute anonymously this sentence will help readers to feel connected with you)

Your reflection (anywhere from a couple of sentences up to 400 words).

I am working towards publishing your contributions as a book on the completion of my Sabbatical in September of this year.

You might be already hesitating –  looking forward to reading what others write but thinking you might not write yourself. Perhaps God is nudging you to think again?

Thank you.

I look forward to hearing from you.

United in Christ, together living the fifth gospel.

Signature of Fr John O'Connor

 

“…believers communicate by telling the story of their own lives.
Those who tell a story…render a service to those who are hungry to learn.”

Life, My Story Through History
Pope Francis’ (March 2024) autobiography

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Signature of Fr John O'Connor

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