Late this morning I felt the inner prompting to go to Daily Mass up at EWTN. I got there at the beginning of the collect, which is when I heard that it was St. Faustina’s Feast Day. (Read more about St. Faustina, the Apostle of Divine Mercy.) I’d been debating whether to go to the library to blog after Mass or go do some sidewalk prayer vigil with the other 40 Days of Life participants instead. Well, all it took was the mention of St. Faustina’s name and the decision was made. Downtown it was, to stand with the others on a chilly, drizzly day, offering Rosaries and Chaplets for the conversion of hearts and minds and the end of abortion and the culture of death. (Read more about St. Faustina, the Divine Mercy and the abortion connection.)
As it turned out, there weren’t many of us down there, not while I was there, anyway. At one point, there was just myself and one other lady and she needed to leave to pick up a friend from the doctor’s office. So I stayed. That’s another reason I’d gotten that inner prompting, I suppose. My guardian angel was telling me to go where I was needed and, for once, I listened. May the Lord grant that I listen more often and follow His guidance more faithfully. Lord, make me a true disciple and a good one, I pray!
And I had another experience today when a fellow Catholic showed up to pray and she turned out to be someone I’d met years ago when I worked at a Catholic bookstore. I didn’t remember her name, but I remembered that she was a convert and other details. (If you’re reading this, dearie, hello! And I can’t tell you how good it was to see you again after all these years! Hope I’ll see you down there on the front lines again soon! Peace be with you!)
Earlier a jogger jogged by and said, “Thank ya’ll for being out here!” That made me feel warm all over, even though I was beginning to feel a bit chilled, truth be told. And then someone else went by and gave us a thumbs up. Now you might say, These are only two positive responses, what’s the big deal? And I would say, they’re only two positive responses but we got them on the day after the night when someone cut down our 40 Days for Life banner and stole it. So it was heartening to have two people encourage us, you see.
All the consolations of the day more than made up for the drizzle, the chill, the tired feet and assorted aches and pains. And the biggest consolation of all was knowing that we are working for a good cause and for the Lord of Truth and Light, Mercy and Life.
Lord, Have mercy on us and on the whole world!