Do you think that you don’t make a difference? Do you think that God doesn’t care about your efforts? Well, you’re wrong.
One woman started this raffle.
One woman started this home.
One woman chose to have her baby.
One more soul…forever.
I have personal ties to the St. Gianna Maternity Home. The director and founder, Miss Mary Pat Jahner, is an old friend from my college days. She is a beautiful woman with amazing drive, working quietly (We’re talking North Dakota, people) and yet, tirelessly, for the glory of God and for the advancement of His Kingdom.
The rector at the home, Father Hils, is one of the best priests I have ever known…and goodness knows we need great priests! He was one of my favorite confessors when I was a student and of course, heard the occasional “whopper”.
Which he took in stride and in his typically straightforward, God-is-good-now-go-in-peace- your-sins-have-been-forgiven fashion.
My favorite story is when I began my confession by freaking out; I had lost my list of sins on the way into the confessional!
“Well,” Father Hils responded mildly, “Did this list have your name on it?”
“No…” I stammered.
“Well, then, what are you worried about?”
And really, therein lies the rub.
What are we worried about? Today, my friends, let us go in peace.
Thanks be to God.