I arrived into St. Louis's expecting to educate 270 Vocation Director's from around the nation and 17 other countries about Hundredfold. Even though 200 US Vocation Directors received the book in June, I did not expect that any had read it. Boy, was I wrong!
On Monday night after Mass, I went to the ballroom for dinner. Sam, publisher of Hundredfold and owner of Vianney Vocations, asked me to find new Vocation Directors to speak with at every turn. So, while going through the buffet, I prayed, asking the Holy Spirit to place me exactly where I needed to be. He did not disappoint.
I have to back up for a moment. In my last blog, I told you about hearing from the Vocation Director Fr. Patrick, who said he had read the book that he thought was an answer to prayer. That email was perfectly timed. When you write a book, you just don't know if someone will actually read it and use it the way it was intended.
Now we come back to the convention and dinner. After the prayer, I looked around the room full of 270 priests, a few sisters, and some lay people to find a seat. I love been around priests and religious, but this was intimidating even for me!
The table I selected had a one seat open. Nervously excited, I sat down and introduced myself to the priest on my left and then turned to my right. This friendly face said, “I know who you are! I am Fr. Patrick from London, Ontario." Lord, how good you are! Could this really be happening? Just when I needed affirmation Fr. Patrick was right there.
On Tuesday afternoon we went on over our first excursion! In Glennary-Kennick Seminary where we received a tour, participated in mass and reception. This was only the second seminary I had been on the grounds of, and I felt like I was in Disney World for Vocations, with 270 priests at the seminary. Crazy good!
Along the way I would meet different priests who had either read or know of Hundredfold. Their openness to this new resource was tremendous! Not only that, but when I shared with them that I was already speaking at a convocation of priests for Belleville, IL and flying to the Archdiocese of NY to speak to parishioners, I could see their wheels were spinning in their minds about how I could help them.
I think the Holy Spirit has more for me to do than just write the book!
To be continued…