LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - In this day and age, social media has the power to connect us with people anywhere in the world. One Lee’s Summit mother found that out when she tweeted with Pope Benedict XVI -- and it strengthened her faith.
Linda Binggeli (@trainingsaints) was struggling to find a sense of balance in her life. With three energetic boys, a marriage and work, she felt like her faith was taking a back seat.
“It is hard for me to find time to pray, and to even think about god in my life at times, it is just so hectic and chaotic around here,” Binggeli explained.
Last year, when she heard the Pope was selecting only three questions to answer on Twitter, she reached out to the Pontiff for help.
The question she asked?
“It was, 'Any suggestions on how to be more prayerful when we are so busy with demands of work, family and the world?'” Binggeli asked.
To her astonishment, the pope answered.
“Offer everything you do to the Lord, and ask his help in all circumstances of daily life, and remember he is always besides you,” the Pope tweeted back.
Binggeli was one of three people in the world the Pontiff responded to. She felt like she hit the jackpot.
“I guess the Catholic lottery,” she said.
Her family couldn’t believe it, either.
“We were at dinner, and she was like ‘The Pope tweeted me.’ We were in shock. She had to explain it to everyone. We were just so happy for her. We just thought it was really cool that of all the tweets he received, she was one of the people that got picked,” said her sister, Kim Nicholson.
Binggeli said the pope’s simple advice touched her heart, and she now incorporates prayer into her everyday life.
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