One day, I went with one of our seminarians to take Holy Communion to a homebound parishioner. When the seminarian went to the tabernacle to get a host, without mentioning it to me, he decided to take not just one host but two.
Having made our visit, we were returning to the parish when I suddenly thought about one of our older parishioners, who is also homebound and who I had been meaning to visit. I mentioned this to the seminarian, and that's when he revealed to me that he had taken an extra host. But then I thought, “I don’t know her address, we’ll just have to return to the parish.” Suddenly, I realized I happened to have a copy of the parish directory on me, so we changed course and went there.
When we made our unexpected visit, the parishioner and her family were very surprised and happy to see us. But she was even happier to learn that we had that extra host with us. It was a long time since she had received Holy Communion.
The biggest surprise, though, was that it was her birthday! She felt that God had come to visit her for her birthday.
After all was said and done, I remember feeling sort of a tingle as the awareness dawned on me that God had foreseen this. I had one of those smiles that comes from inside your heart. I love how God does these things and just sort of winks at us.
Fr. Clint Ressler is the pastor of St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Texas City, Texas. A priest for 28 years, he has also served as pastor at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Houston, as Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, and for 19 years as Catholic Chaplain for the NFL's Houston Texans.
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