Father Pishoy Kamel was known for his smile that attracted many people. He used to meat with burdened sinners, who saw in his kindness the grace of God. People used to be filled with hope, because he used to share with them their burdens. They throw with him all their sins at the feet of the cross and preach with the Marys the pleasure of resurrection.
I met someone from West Covina, California, who said, “I’ll never forget, asking Father Pishoy to set aside three hours for my confession as a first session.
So I asked him, “When could I start?”
He answered, “Right now.” I was surprised that he agreed and I knew how busy he was. Few minutes after starting confession, I felt peace and hope filling my heart. I felt that both of us were under the feet of the Savior. I thought he’d deprive me of communion for a long period of time. I felt a strong desire to have communion and to live in gladness with the Lord Jesus the Lover of sinners. He gave me a simple exercise, which I practiced gladly.”
Father Pishoy had a principle, that any body who never made confession before or it had been too long since he confessed, he would not delay this kind of confession. He used to say, “May be the Holy Spirit is leading someone to repentance and if it was delayed it might be too late and I’d loose this soul.”
Lord grant me a heart filled with gladness,
I offer it to every soul wounded with sin so that it will be attracted to You.
The Emperor and the Artist
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