Ich engagiere mich bei Nightfever
„My faith in Christ and His Church is everything to me“
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Auf der ganzen Welt engagieren sich Jugendliche und junge Erwachsene in über 250 Teams bei Nightfever. Sie schenken ihre Freizeit, um anderen eine Möglichkeit zu eröffnen, Gottes Liebe und Barmherzigkeit (neu) zu erfahren.
Eine von ihnen ist Mairi Claire McGeady aus Glasgow in Schottland. Im Interview erzählt die 22 Jährige, was ihr Glaube ihr bedeutet und warum sie sich bei Nightfever engagiert.

What does your faith mean to you?

Mairi-Claire: My faith in Christ and His Church is everything to me. After encountering Him in the Blessed Sacrament I was struck so powerfully by His merciful love. This was the catalyst to my journey with Him over the past five years.

You’re involved with Nightfever in Glasgow. What is it that fascinates you about Nightfever?

Mairi-Claire: What fascinates me most about Nightfever is its simplicity. I love that there is no hard formula to learn, just a simple invitation to offer. Inviting that person into the Church and entrusting them to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament to work in their hearts! Another thing that fascinates me about Nightfever is its growth. I love that this movement began as a one-off event but was so anointed that, with the Holy Spirit; it has inspired the hearts of so many people and has spread like wildfire across the globe!

Where have you been able to feel God?

Mairi-Claire: I first encountered Christ in a tangible way in the Blessed Sacrament during a youth retreat at Craig Lodge House of Prayer in the Scottish Highlands. Since then I encounter Him most powerfully in the Sacraments, in Scripture and at Nightfever. Nightfever never fails to strengthen my faith. Again, and again, and again, God reveals His power and mercy. I find that I often limit God and then I go to Nightfever and “BOOOOOOM!!!!!!” He shows me that He is so much greater than my lack of faith and the box that I had put Him in. I find this most evident when He grants a moment of grace to the person on their way to the pub who has miraculously accepted the invitation to enter the church and light a candle. Or when the girls who are in a hurry to get to the cinema saying that they will run in quickly, light a candle and leave, stay for thirty minutes in prayer. Or when the boy who told us that he had turned so far from God and even became a Freemason, had a change of heart and went to confession having recognised the need for Christ in his life.

Pope Francis has announced a Holy Year of Mercy. Which of the works of mercy is particularly important to you? Which one do you want to have a special look at this year? Or which one are you looking at as a team?

Mairi-Claire: Spending time with the homeless. This work of mercy is particularly important to me because I work in the centre of a city and so I witness this type of poverty most often. I guess this would be considered a “work of mercy” as they are often hungry, thirsty and, often, in need of comfort. However, after my first meal with a sister who was homeless I realised that it was a total gift to spend that time with her. Often the person will chat about their life and how they ended up begging on a street corner and it is a tremendous privilege to listen. I have found that those who appear to be “hopeless” are those who are quickest to recognise the blessings which God has bestowed on them. During this Year of Mercy, with a particular focus in this time of Lent, I am trying to make this a concrete part of my week instead of the sporadic form which it holds just now. As a team we are thinking about having a stock of care packages available to hand out on the street when we encounter a homeless person while running Nightfever.

Is there a particular person from the Bible who fascinates you? Who’s your favourite character in the Bible?

Mairi-Claire: JESUS! I presume this question excludes Him though, and most likely Mary too. Oh, this is a tough one… I guess each person inspires me in different ways. The first person to come to mind is the woman with the haemmorhage (Mark 5:25-34). I find her both fascinating and inspiring. Here she is, a sick and exiled woman, who believed that believed that touching Christ’s clothes would be enough to heal her illness. WOW! That woman possessed such great faith! I pray that I may have faith like this woman!

Mairi-Claire McGeady is 22 years old and lives in Glasgow, Scotland. She has studied Bachelor of Divinity Student at the Maryvale Institute, England and is working as an Administrator now. In her freetime she likes playing the guitar. Mairi-Claire is part of the Nightfever Glasgow-Team.

Auf der ganzen Welt engagieren sich Jugendliche und junge Erwachsene in über 250 Teams bei Nightfever. Sie schenken ihre Freizeit, um anderen eine Möglichkeit zu eröffnen, Gottes Liebe und Barmherzigkeit (neu) zu erfahren.
Eine von ihnen ist Mairi Claire McGeady aus Glasgow in Schottland. Im Interview erzählt die 22 Jährige, was ihr Glaube ihr bedeutet und warum sie sich bei Nightfever engagiert.

What does your faith mean to you?

Mairi-Claire: My faith in Christ and His Church is everything to me. After encountering Him in the Blessed Sacrament I was struck so powerfully by His merciful love. This was the catalyst to my journey with Him over the past five years.

You’re involved with Nightfever in Glasgow. What is it that fascinates you about Nightfever?

Mairi-Claire: What fascinates me most about Nightfever is its simplicity. I love that there is no hard formula to learn, just a simple invitation to offer. Inviting that person into the Church and entrusting them to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament to work in their hearts! Another thing that fascinates me about Nightfever is its growth. I love that this movement began as a one-off event but was so anointed that, with the Holy Spirit; it has inspired the hearts of so many people and has spread like wildfire across the globe!

Where have you been able to feel God?

Mairi-Claire: I first encountered Christ in a tangible way in the Blessed Sacrament during a youth retreat at Craig Lodge House of Prayer in the Scottish Highlands. Since then I encounter Him most powerfully in the Sacraments, in Scripture and at Nightfever. Nightfever never fails to strengthen my faith. Again, and again, and again, God reveals His power and mercy. I find that I often limit God and then I go to Nightfever and “BOOOOOOM!!!!!!” He shows me that He is so much greater than my lack of faith and the box that I had put Him in. I find this most evident when He grants a moment of grace to the person on their way to the pub who has miraculously accepted the invitation to enter the church and light a candle. Or when the girls who are in a hurry to get to the cinema saying that they will run in quickly, light a candle and leave, stay for thirty minutes in prayer. Or when the boy who told us that he had turned so far from God and even became a Freemason, had a change of heart and went to confession having recognised the need for Christ in his life.

Pope Francis has announced a Holy Year of Mercy. Which of the works of mercy is particularly important to you? Which one do you want to have a special look at this year? Or which one are you looking at as a team?

Mairi-Claire: Spending time with the homeless. This work of mercy is particularly important to me because I work in the centre of a city and so I witness this type of poverty most often. I guess this would be considered a “work of mercy” as they are often hungry, thirsty and, often, in need of comfort. However, after my first meal with a sister who was homeless I realised that it was a total gift to spend that time with her. Often the person will chat about their life and how they ended up begging on a street corner and it is a tremendous privilege to listen. I have found that those who appear to be “hopeless” are those who are quickest to recognise the blessings which God has bestowed on them. During this Year of Mercy, with a particular focus in this time of Lent, I am trying to make this a concrete part of my week instead of the sporadic form which it holds just now. As a team we are thinking about having a stock of care packages available to hand out on the street when we encounter a homeless person while running Nightfever.

Is there a particular person from the Bible who fascinates you? Who’s your favourite character in the Bible?

Mairi-Claire: JESUS! I presume this question excludes Him though, and most likely Mary too. Oh, this is a tough one… I guess each person inspires me in different ways. The first person to come to mind is the woman with the haemmorhage (Mark 5:25-34). I find her both fascinating and inspiring. Here she is, a sick and exiled woman, who believed that believed that touching Christ’s clothes would be enough to heal her illness. WOW! That woman possessed such great faith! I pray that I may have faith like this woman!

Mairi-Claire McGeady is 22 years old and lives in Glasgow, Scotland. She has studied Bachelor of Divinity Student at the Maryvale Institute, England and is working as an Administrator now. In her freetime she likes playing the guitar. Mairi-Claire is part of the Nightfever Glasgow-Team.

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