So, yesterday, I was sitting down after having washed windows, my china tea cups and saucers, and for those who have been in my home, you know I have plenty of them and they get a good washing every couple of months...
The phone rang and a woman said "Hi, is this Lee Anne? I am
Heather - you may not remember me..."
"Oh Heather, YES! I do remember you - you live in ..."
I had the opportunity to have seen Heather a couple of months ago at a Rachel's Vineyard leadership training conference in Portland. I had had the good providence to have first made her aquaintance a year ago March. Heather is a lovely woman who helps in the post abortive ministry of Rachel's Vineyard.
"Well" Heather continued, "I just want to let you know that today at the noon Mass, I made a profession of faith and returned home to Holy Mother Church."
Oh Lord - Oh Lord...how to describe my feelings surrounding this? Even now as I type, words are just not effective of the total joy and love that I have when I hear that a person has returned home to the fullness of faith.
"WELCOME HOME!!! Oh Heather, welcome home, my dear sister!"
You see - when I had re-met Heather in Portland, she told me that she was leaning towards the Catholic Church again (she had converted when she was nineteen and then left), and I told her I would pray for her. Pray I did ... but truth be known, it was not my prayers that brought Heather home - it was God's gentle tugging on her heart, God loving her through the years, never wavering in His Love for her - never leaving her side, but waiting patiently as she walked the path of life.
Welcome home, Heather -