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To: Salvation
A Story for the Visitation

I was a "lay chaplain" for my Sheriff's Office as well as a gun-totin' reserve deputy.

Everybody knew I am Catholic. So one day one of the deputies tells me his wife would like to talk to me.

We met at a coffee shop and got caffeinated while we got to know one another. Then I listened and inserted comments while she told me her "spiritual history".

About an hour or so into it she said, "Whenever I visit St. Thomas Aquinas Church, I just KNOW there is something important, something drawing me,in the tabernacle."

I sat back, took a breath, and said, "There really is nothing more to say, is there? You know what you have to do, it's just a matter of finding the courage and making the decision."

She agreed. The next Easter she entered into full communion.

She has helped with RCIA ever since and is in my "class" of lay Dominicans (D.V., final promises 1/28/2012.)

The other day I reminded her of that exchange and pointed out that it was about the Mystery of the Visitation: Something in her recognized that there was something of ultimate importance in "there".

It was great! She nodded and said, "Yeah." Then she thought and said, "YEAH!"

Glory to God!

11 posted on 05/31/2011 6:42:28 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: Mad Dawg

That’s the same way I was drawn to Christ in the mass. I still remember attending with a 9th grade friend, the holiness there, that was no where else, that twenty years later led me to RCIA.


12 posted on 05/31/2011 7:03:56 AM PDT by Judith Anne ( Holy Mary, Mother of God, please pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.)
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To: Mad Dawg

Neat story!


13 posted on 05/31/2011 8:20:19 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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