During the summer, I try to go to daily morning Mass. After Mass on Monday, I was kneeling before the Tabernacle, as I usually do. A few other people came up and knelt down as well. One older man (probably in his 60s or 70s) who I had seen before was kneeling there. I saw him dig something out of his pocket and come over to where I was kneeling. He handed me a Miraculous and a St. Benedict Medal. I looked at him and asked him if he was sure he wanted to give these to me. He said that he had plenty more. So I accepted them with gratitude and went back to praying for a few more minutes.
|The medals that the man gave me. |
Miraculous on the left and St. Benedict on the right.
I got up and went out to the parish center to see if I could ask someone about becoming a Eucharistic Minister (I will start training soon. I'll write a post about it! Promise!). While I was waiting for her to finish her conversation, the man came over to me and started up a conversation. He said that he felt compelled to give me those medals as soon as he knelt down, and not to worry, because he had plenty more. I thanked him and he said that he had something else for me as well.
After saying this, he smiled and said, "Now I've got you wondering, huh?" I said, "Well, yeah of course!"
He looked at me, mumbled something about how this was going to sound weird, and then he said, and I quote, "I can see your pretty face in a habit." ... ! ... I had no idea what to say to him - I was utterly flabbergasted! As someone who has had nuns on the mind for almost a year, this was almost a slap in the face by God, saying, "Hey! I'm serious!" And now, I don't know what to do!
*Keep in mind, I have barely talked to this man. We've been friendly, and I've said "hello", "have a nice day", "God bless", shook hands during the Sign Of Peace, all that normal greeting talk. Because of this minimal contact, I have no idea how he possibly could have known about my discernment!
Then he said something even more profound. He told me about a great order in MI (which I have heard of. It's called Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist) that young girls have been flocking to. Then, out of the blue, he said that he wanted to pay for me to go visit!
|Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, Praying the Office|
The only thing I can say is WHAT IS GOING ON?!?! I feel like God is playing games with me, through other people! I can't tell you how many times my friends have said things like, "When you're a nun at the Vatican, can I come visit you?" or "You should be a nun here (in Spain) so you can work at the Sagrada Familia." Even my new youth minister asked me if I was discerning. But never has a stranger brought this up, and in such an astonishing manner!
This seems like a gift from God, and I feel that, though this, God may be calling me to something more.
What do you think this means? Have you ever had something like this happen to you? What did you do?
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