12/20/10 Marcelini 50
Spoke with a man from Puerto Rico while picking up some groceries. At first he said he will go to heaven because as a Catholic he repents of his sins regularly. I talked about how if we were to go the rest of our lives without breaking another of God's laws, we would still be guilty of the ones we have broken in the past, so Marcelini switched to "plan B" - his good deeds will offset the bad things he has done. He mentioned he had spent some time in state and federal prison, but just as quickly talked of his good deeds. In fact, he was in the middle of buying some groceries for a friend in need, telling me he had driven across town to do so. His friend was waiting so he had to get going, so I summed up some important points I felt he needs to remember - how Jesus didn't die for "good people" (there are none) but for sinners like us, and how we need to have faith in Him, not in our own perceived goodness. It wasn't a long conversation - maybe ten minutes - but I hope God will use it and Marcelini won't forget it.