“I wonder if I will ever see her again. I don’t know how she was with God before she died.”

I am standing in a shop having an unexpected God conversation with the young man who is serving me. 

So how did the subject of God come up?

I’d been to this shop several times before. The man is a friendly person, who always asks about our day, what we’re doing, how we are.

I handed my money to him and he smiled and asked,” So what did you do for Easter?”

“We didn’t go away, just stayed at home,” I said, assuming he didn’t want to hear about our four days of church going.  

But he asked, “Did you go to church?”

“Well, yes,” I replied. “Easter Sunday is the biggest day in the Church year. I love Easter even more than Christmas... The ceremonies are so beautiful.”

The young man counted the notes of money and smiled, “The biggest day in the year? Yes! Celebrating the birth of Jesus is great but His death? Wow! Think about that! Dying for us. That’s truly amazing.” His voice rang loud and clear across the shop.

Gemma-Rose was with me. The man asked, “Is this your youngest daughter? You had an older one with you last time you came in.”

“Yes. I have five daughters.”

“And sons?”

“I have three sons too,” I replied. “You’re one of four, aren’t you?”

“Yes. One of my sisters has died though." The young man looked down at the money. "Worked night shifts. Thought she was invincible. She drank caffeine drinks to keep herself awake. So much work to do. Then one night she fell asleep at the wheel of her car while driving home.” 

“How long ago?”

“About two years.” Not long ago at all.

“I wonder if I’ll ever see her again." He looks directly at me and says, "I don’t know how she was with God before she died. It's hard not knowing.” 

An unexpected conversation while I am out doing my shopping. And I wonder...

How many other people are waiting for an opportunity or an invitation to have a God conversation?

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  1. That's so sad. The Catholic Church is full of consolations, though, don't you think? As a Catholic, he could offer Masses, penances and prayer and know that his supplications would have eternal value. To think I once thought the Church was harsh and lacking in compassion!

    I will add the young man and his sister to my prayers, today.

    And, yes, you're right. We just don't know when people might want to talk about God. It suddenly makes a lot of practical sense to wear a crucifix and medals.

    God bless, Sue:-)

    1. Vicky,

      "The Catholic Church is full of consolations" That is exactly what I was thinking when I was talking with the young man!

      Funny how the Church looks so different from the outside, than it does from within.

      I am sure your prayers would help enormously. You are very kind.

      Wearing crucifixes and medals? That is perfect! I must hunt mine out. I used to wear them all the time. They needed cleaning and so I put them aside. Yes, I remember how my medals used to start so many conversations. Thank you for that idea!

      God bless!

  2. Wow, I don't need to comment. Vicky practically stole my words. I'm also always wearing a medal - always ... well I handed it in for repairs and am going to pick it up today - and it is a great conversation starter. So many poeple just need a little push in the right direction.

    1. Uglemor,

      After yours and Vicky's comments I really must get my crucifix and medals out. Yes, I remember how they used to be conversation starters. I will wear my Padre Pio relic too!

      God bless!

  3. Oh Sue, this is so touching. I will pray for the young man and his sister. I have an older sister like that. She's still with us..on the other side of the country. But, she doesn't practice her faith, and she's getting on in years. I just keep praying...

    I don't know if that young man is Catholic, but one lovely consolation is that we can keep praying for the salvation of others even after they have died, since God is outside of time. He sees those prayers always, and can apply them to the person in need.

    I love being a Catholic!

    1. Patricia,

      I'm sorry to hear about your sister. God always wants the best for people though so we shall keep praying! Sudden changes of heart do happen.

      I don't know if the young man is Catholic. Maybe we will talk more and I will find out. Oh I love being a Catholic too! What would we do without our faith?

      I hope you are well, Patricia. I will be over to visit!

  4. I agree with Vicky, he should offer Masses for his sister. I don't think it's wise to assume that a person would go straight to Heaven because we really don't know. All prayers are received by God and I've been known to say "I offer up my prayers for my mom, and if she's in Heaven, then please give them to those who have no one to pray for them." I like to think that my mom is not forgotten but don't like the idea of a prayer not being of good use. Guess it sounds silly... but that's what I think :)

    1. Noreen,

      "I don't think it's wise to assume that a person would go straight to Heaven because we really don't know." I agree! Maybe the young man was wondering if his sister was actually saved. Could she have ended up in hell and if so, he will never see her again? Regardless of our fear that it is too late, I do feel, like you, we should say Masses for our loved ones anyway. As you said, prayers never go to waste. Someone will benefit, and we never know... maybe they will help the man's sister.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Noreen. God bless!

  5. God conversations.. I have them with myself. Will I go to Heaven? What about my non-Catholic, non church going husband? What about my girls who struggle to pray and get to mass as much as I do? Will any of us go?

    When my friend Steph died, I cried so hard.. I'd not only lost my best friend, I honestly didn't know if she was in Heaven or Hell or purgatory or what. At her funeral, the pastor said that in her last days, she'd grown in her spiritual life and was attending church a lot. I was overwhelmed with thankfulness, pure relief, and sobbed aloud, "thank you Jesus" over and over. I believe in my heart Stephanie is in Heaven. I really miss her. I think about her all the time.. I can still tell you how many years, months, days it's been....

    God conversations go better when they're with someone else. It's hard to 'face yourself' in a *in my own head* conversation. It's depressing. I know in my heart that none of us measure up... and that we're always hardest on ourselves... but when you KNOW you're a lousy Catholic.. well... it just does not help.

    1. Susan,

      I can see you really identify with the conversation I had with that young man. It really is distressing not knowing if we will see people ever again. I know how much you love Stephanie. So glad your pastor was able to reassure you. Yes, Jesus is so good!

      All we can do is keep praying for our loved ones. God wants them with Him in heaven. Lousy Catholics? We all feel like that at times. I just remember St Therese who wanted to appear before God with empty hands. That gives me confidence.

      God bless!

    2. St Therese gives me hope also, so much!! She seems to say exactly what we 'regular folks' say in our own hearts. She really gives me hope. I have to remind myself that I am "too little".. and reach up to God for Him to pick me up as like a Parent... He knows... and I know He loved Stephanie more than I ever did/do. That gives me strength and hope. ♥

    3. Susan,

      It is so wonderful you are a St Therese lover too! I just love your words. We shall be little souls together and have confidence in God who loves us so much.


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