Friday, January 18, 2008

A Reason to REJOICE!

Today as I was proofing the Lenten issue of Canticle, I was reminded of an e-mail I received a few weeks ago from Denise Bossert, who regularly contributes her articles to our magazine.

This year she received an unexpected gift at Christmas: Her husband slipped her a note in the middle of Mass, which said that he had been going to RCIA classes without her knowledge, and that he was preparing to enter the Church at this Easter Vigil! She writes:

This, from a husband who said (rather vehemently) that he would never become Catholic.

I had no idea that while I was reading When Only One Converts, he was studying the Catechism. He made my RCIA leader (from two years ago) - who is now his RCIA leader - promise not to say anything until he was sure.

This is a miracle that I prayed for, at every Mass and during my hour of Adoration (Friday mornings between 3 and 5 AM). I will not ramble further. Just to know that I came home in 2005 - the daughter of a Presbyterian minister and the (annulled) former wife of a UM minister. And I had been told by my Baptist husband that I would never share the joy of Our Eucharistic Lord with him. In fact, my defense of the faith (when directed at him) was a great annoyance. I could convert. And he relented and said our daughter could join me. But he never would. And that was a
promise.

It was an ache that didn't go away. I have written inspirational articles for many venues, but the one I longed to see come home had assured me that my words and efforts were a pure waste of time when it came to him.

And I suppose they were, until you factor in grace.

Christmas miracles do happen even today. I know, one of the greatest miracles happened in my family.

Yes, God is good. All the time. Please remember in your prayers the Bossert family as they prepare for her husband's big day!

4 comments:

Julia said...

That gave me goosebumps! I am also one of those converts that said I would never be Catholic (my husband is Catholic) - and I converted 20+ish years ago!
Julia
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Angie said...

Wow! What an amazing blessing! My husband and I both converted together and were received into the Church in 2007. I just can't imagine what it would have been like to not go through it with him. How fantastic that her husband is now converting though!

Veritas said...

What a wonderful up-lifting story.

Gretchen said...

God's grace is wonderful to behold! Thank you for sharing.