Thursday, April 09, 2015

“You are dying,” the priest said. “Do you want to become a Catholic?” - A Moment with Mary

-- A Moment with Mary --
Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Association Mary of Nazareth 

April 9 - Byzantine Church: Holy Mary of the Spring (Friday of Easter Week) – Blessed Virgin Empress (Russia) 

“You are dying,” the priest said. “Do you want to become a Catholic?”

An unconscious, old man was brought to Saint Simon Stock Hospital in New York. The nurse saw a brown scapular on his shirt and she quickly called a priest. While the priest recited the prayers for the dying, the patient opened his eyes and whispered: “Father, I'm not a Catholic.”

“Then why do you wear the scapular?” asked the priest.

“I promised a friend I would wear it and say a 'Hail Mary' every day,” he replied.

“You are dying,” said the priest. “Do you want to become a Catholic?”

“Yes, Father,” the dying man answered. “I have wanted to become one all my life.”

The priest prepared him quickly, then baptized him and gave him the last rites. Soon thereafter, the old man died peacefully. The Blessed Virgin Mary had taken this soul clothed in her own habit under her protection.

In Le scapulaire du Mont-Carmel, (The Scapular of Mount Carmel), Editions Traditions Monastiques, Mars 1997