The Surprising Story of One Priest’s Hospital Stay on Divine Mercy Sunday: How He’s Saving Souls

@frgoyo, Instagram

This really shows us the sacrifices our priests make daily!

Fr. Goyo Hidalgo, associate pastor of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Simi Valley, Cali., recently had surgery to remove kidney stones.

He spent Divine Mercy weekend in the hospital recovering. However, he did not expect to actually hear confessions in his hospital bed!

Here’s his story in the tweet below: 

@frgoyo, Twitter

Here’s what Fr. Goyo’s tweet says:

“A person knocking on my hospital door,
‘Hi. We heard you are a priest. I was hoping I could go to confession.’
‘Of course. Come in… wait what do you mean WE?’
‘Oh yeah. There are more people outside waiting.’
Another person peaking in,
‘Hey father.’
#DivineMercy at its best”

The tweet received an overwhelming response, with more than 4,000 likes, almost 400 retweets, and 175 comments.

Here’s what some people said:

@mysteri303, Twitter

This user tweeted, “🤗 you, Fr Goyo, are awesome.🙏🏻. Priests admitted to the hospital i worked at usually had DO NOT DISTURB signs on the door..and some used aliases 😌”

Fr. Goyo responded, “To be fair I had do not disturbe when I was taking the pain medicine because it put me out. The pain was bad, really really bad.”

@MargoAgape, Twitter

This user added, “Santo subito! These #hospitalstories are so inspiring. You’re living Sheen’s call to not waste suffering. It’s one thing for priests to make hospital visits, it’s another thing when the priest is in the hospital himself and STILL serving others. I’m in awe. God is good!

 

@aryservant, Twitter

Another user added, “I am wondering how many of these people never would have gone to confession if you weren’t there and what their blessings are because they did. I bet there will be some stories to tell. That is the work of Divine Mercy!”

@be_the_light94, Twitter

This user also said, “Maybe this was the whole reason for the kidney stone: to get those people to confess for Divine Mercy. Still praying for you to recover quickly.”

@joyfulpessimst, Twitter

Another user added, “I smiled as I remembered you in my intentions last night. Then I woke up to this Tweet in my feed. This is why I smile when I think of you in my prayers. God is doing wonderful works through you – his willing vessel. God Bless you, Father Goyo.”

God Bless you, Fr. Goyo!

Please keep Fr. Goyo and all priests in your prayers!

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