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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Good for the soul!

I made my final profession 51 years ago today! I feel very united to all my profession sisters today; many have gone to God but all of us have lived up to our name: "Apostolic Courage". It seems a good day to begin my vacation with family.

As I leave for Arizona, I will leave you with this little story sent to me last Sunday:
"Last week, I took my grand-children to a restaurant.

My six-year-old grand-son asked if he could say grace.
As we bowed our heads he said, "God is good, God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Nana gets us ice cream for dessert. And liberty and justice for all! Amen!"
Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark, "That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!"
Hearing this, my grand-son burst into tears and asked me, "Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?"
As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job, and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table.
He winked at my grand-son and said, "I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer."
"Really?" my grand-son asked.
"Cross my heart," the man replied.
Then, in a theatrical whisper, he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), "Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes."
Naturally, I bought my grand-children ice cream at the end of the meal. My grand-son stared at his for a moment, and then did something I will remember the rest of my life.
He picked up his sundae and, without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, "Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes; and my soul is good already."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Sr. Helen,
My name is also Helen. I found this website while I was looking for a spiritual director in my area. While I was praying for God guide me to select a right mentor for me, I noticed the ones I was guided to choose are RSCJ.
Your grand-son's loving words and action moved me to tears because I sensed the great love from his pure heart.
God bless,