Sunday, July 05, 2009
The Call and Friendship
A couple weeks ago, I called a friend to RSVP to her birthday party, as I'd be celebrating my own belated party with my own family that same weekend. In that voicemail I said I had my own news and looked forward to seeing them soon.
A couple days ago when I entered the chapel for Daily Mass, there was my now-a-year-older friend waiting in the Confession line. She beckoned me to her and asked for my news.
Kneeling before her, I quickly and quietly told her of my immediate vocational discernment retreat, who I was visiting and why. She hugged me joyfully, fiercely and kissed my cheek, whispering into my ear, "I so want the best for you!"
I hugged her back, grateful, for she is one who told me a couple years ago that, when I had revealed I didn't think I was Called, neither did they. But yesterday, they asked me to share my "news". I did so, for a few years ago they'd been the first to hear of it...and the first to forget and disregard it.
All of them had agreed that, most definitely, I had not been Called to religious life but it was important for me to go and find out. How ironic.
One of them, though, today, said quietly, "So the Call came back, huh?"
I told her, "The Call never really went away."
Quietly, smiling, she said, "I know."
Why is it our friends know so much...but say so little?
They all understand that the visit for the next couple weeks isn't definitive and I might well come back with an understanding that this is not where God is calling me.
A part of me thinks that they expect me to come back having learned the latter. Definitively.
It is a blessing to have such friends, though. They don't expect much of this visit, they are happy I'm going, and when it comes down to it, they will my happiness and union with God. Is there anything greater to be desired? I know without a doubt that whatever happens, they are there and I love them for it.
Another Friend Has News
I'm not the only one hearing the whisper and direct touch of Our Lord.
One of my friends let her husband give their news...she is pregnant and due in February.
This pregnancy is of special concern, for a few years ago she miscarried. My friend has a delicate medical condition that can be fatal and often finds herself at the hospital for treatment. Any pregnancy, then, is going to be a risk for her, both for the baby and for her. Please keep my friend in your prayers and her unborn child. It was hard enough for her to lose one, and she never had the chance to publicly announce that child before the dear one was lost.
Please, God, let her carry this one to term, keep her health through and beyond this pregnancy!
I ask the prayers of all of you to help my friend bring this beloved child through birth and into the world!