OUR STORY …
“Calling all cars! Calling all cars!” the radio crackled. Detective Tom had been on the force a long time. He knew that they did not put out an A.P.B., or All Points Bulletin, unless something serious was going on.
“Be on the lookout for three, desperate bandits,” the dispatcher announced. “They are believed to be dressed in blue garments and are likely to be wearing masks. They‘re armed with Bibles and rosaries, and they are not afraid to use them!” she continued.
“They are known as the ‘Bandit Nuns’ in secular circles and are believed to be part of the global ‘Alberione Family.’ Do not approach them alone.”
Detective Tom remembered having a run-in with these gals before. They were pretty slick with their Catholic tricks, he recalled. The encounter had not gone well for him.
He remembered that all three of them smiled a lot. In fact, you could actually see their smiles through the masks they wore. In Detective Tom’s opinion, that’s what actually made them so dangerous.
The way he remembered it, though these ladies seemed friendly enough, as soon as he had turned his back, the little one snuck off into some kind of Adoration chapel. She prayed for him.
Detective Tom was a secularist. Praying did not sit well with him. Prayer was known to change people. He had heard about friends who had been converted after prayer. He considered it worse than magic. He believed that prayer was such a powerful weapon that it could actually eliminate secular, humanist beliefs. He wasn’t going to have any of that — not on his watch. He was an “Ora-phoebe.”
The detective was sure he could corner the Banditas Hermanas at their hideout in the Historical section of the city. He turned on his flashing lights and raced across Charleston to find that praying Pauline Trio.
IN THE BIBLE …
The Bible tells us we are to give to the poor. It says whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord (Prov 19:17). Of course, when we hear this, we immediately think of the homeless, and that’s a good thought. But there are many around us in religious life too who voluntarily take a vow of poverty so they might dedicate themselves to prayer and service to others.
LIFE GOES ON …
Don’t stop giving to the hungry and homeless. God wants you to do that. But don’t forget the brothers and sisters in religious communities all around the country who are praying for you today. They need your help too.
These are difficult times for people in religious life because their efforts at meeting the basic needs of their ministries and apostolates has been hampered by the pandemic. But they are not defeated. You are their secret weapon.
Our “Porch Story” above, like all of our other Porch Stories is actually a true story — except maybe for a few things we might’ve thrown in to make it interesting. When you’re telling Porch Stories, you have a license to do those things. The complete truth, however, is that we‘re part of the Pauline Family, and we’re having some fun with a few of our sisters as we highlight their need for your support.
Share a little of what you have with some really cool people today in a monastery or convent nearby. You’ll be lending to the Lord, and He will definitely pay you back some day — with interest. If you don’t know any, just click on the link below and donate to the Daughters of St. Paul.
That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!