Have you ever sat around with brothers, sisters and friends, recalling the days of your childhood or college years? You might have watched old home movies or gone through a yearbook together. Have you ever laughed quite so hard or marveled so deeply that you actually did such crazy and amazing things together?

These readings from Acts during the Easter Season remind me of such times. I can imagine the Apostles sitting around and recalling with great relish the events related in today’s first reading. “Remember the angel in the middle of the night. We just walked right out and began teaching in the Temple again. They came and got us, but they didn’t dare treat us so badly that second time.”

In the Spiritual Exercises St. Ignatius encourages us to remember the good times and recall them, especially when times are not so good and God seems distant. Memory is a gift and grace which can help us remember just how much God loves us!

—David McNulty works for the Midwest Jesuits.  Dave and his wife Judy are grandparents of six.