Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Inviting the Sisters Out to a Meal
In the parish to which she belonged lived sisters who attended daily Mass. She, also being a daily Mass goer came in contact with them often. For some time, she wanted to do something more than pay her respects but also to invite them out to a meal. She had wanted to do this for some time. That Sunday after Mass, they were seated close to her, she quickly wrote a note giving her telephone number and asking them to call her at their convenience.
As soon as she reached home the call came from the sisters. She asked them if they would be free sometime during the week to accept her invitation to a meal. The sister said she would bring the invitation up with the superior and let her know. That afternoon the call came from the sisters, since they would be busy during the week, that evening would be fine.
She drove her car to the convent with a box of tangerines and was ushered into the house. She had a chance to look around and then when the sisters were ready they went to the restaurant that she had picked. They had a pleasant conversation and a good meal at the end of which a gentleman kept on looking into the room, since the door was slightly ajar. The journalist thought it was someone whom the sisters knew but the gentleman then opened the door and came in.
"Sister, I was so happy to see the sisters that I came in. My father's sister was a religious sister who loved me greatly; she died a few years ago. Seeing sisters was like seeing my aunt again and without notice came in. I have been busy these days, is the excuse, but seeing you has made me very happy and also sorry for not being faithful to my religious practices. Please, I want to take care of the bill for your meal."
The journalist stood up and told him that was impossible, since they were her guest and the meal was on her.
He grabbed the bill in front of her plate and ask that she understand and acquiesce. The sisters also sided with him, so she gave in but gave him her notebook asking him for his name and address. He said no, but she implored and he responded that he has a public office and doesn't randomly give his address. The journalist said she wants to pray for him and at least would he gave his baptismal name and his aunt's name.
She told the sisters, after he left, she wanted to do something for the sisters, and it was taken away from her. However, the superior said they enjoyed the time together and the meal was wonderful, at the same time the gentleman did something very nice; what he did was a great consolation to him--sisters all agreed with her. Her good deed was taken away from her, but she was left with a good feeling and will be praying for John and Bernadette.