When we are serving God, we don’t always see the fruits right away. Sometimes what we are doing is planting seeds in a garden we will never see. We have heard many stories of listeners who entered the Catholic Church after seeing an Immaculate Heart Radio bumper sticker on the road, but the person in that car likely has no idea of the difference they made.
Every now and then, we do get to hear about how our little act of serving God made a difference – even years later. This is what happened to Mother Miriam recently. A listener named Matthew called in to Heart to Heart with Mother Miriam and shared the story of how a talk she gave at a conference years ago brought him back to the Catholic Church – even though he didn’t attend the conference! Matthew said:
“About 3 years ago I had been away from the Catholic Church. When I was little I received the sacraments of Baptism and First Holy Communion, but soon after my First Communion I hadn’t been going to Mass, my mom was away from the Church, my dad was never Catholic, and it was just kind of a big bunch of mess.
My brother was going to church and was a non-denominational Protestant, and he would invite me to church and I would go, and I kind of liked it. It was there that I kind of felt that, you know, Jesus is God. It was very good for me that I was going to church, but then I just had this one question for my brother: ‘Where’s Mary at?’ Because I remembered when I was little that we would have the Blessed Mother and that was something that I kind of missed.
All I would hear when I would go to church is that they were very big on ‘Jesus saves. Religion doesn’t. All you have to do is believe that Jesus is your savior and you’re saved for all eternity. There’s nothing you could do to separate yourself from that.’
And I was on YouTube one day, just looking at funny videos and I found one of your videos and you were talking about the Blessed Virgin at a conference. It was about Mary the co-redemptrix. And I just started listening to this out of nowhere and it was just so profound to me. I started going back to Mass because what I was missing was the Blessed Mother. And it was so special to me.”
Welcome home Matthew! Watch the video that changed Matthew’s life below:
Heart to Heart with Mother Miriam airs weekdays from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Pacific on Immaculate Heart Radio.