Over Thanksgiving Break, something really interesting happened. My Uncle Matt from Florida came to visit, which was not out of the ordinary. He was married to my aunt (my Dad’s sister) and Godmother, who passed away from lung cancer in January of 2005.
According to his story, my aunt had bought a rosary for me that she intended to give me for Christmas in 2004, just a few weeks before she passed away. It was one of the first times in several years that they had not traveled the long journey to McAlester for Christmas. He found the rosary in a drawer. Anyway, fast forward 10 years. I am a senior at OU preparing to graduate in May and discerning the priesthood. In fact, I have completed the application process to become a seminarian and am playing the waiting game. Out of the blue, I receive a rosary from my Godmother! Of course, I have several rosaries already. Why would I need another one? For some reason, it really got my attention.
Sure, this could very easily be a coincidence, but I don’t feel like it is. I am in a very important stage not only in my faith journey, but in my educational journey as well (it is Dead Week right now). Somehow (obviously), God knew that I needed that rosary now rather than then. But he didn’t want me to just have, he wanted me to use it, too.
Moral of the story: talk to Mama Mary. She can help you through all of life’s triumphs and tribulations.
Mary, Mother of God, Pray for Us!