By Deacon Tony Cecil
Last summer, I visited my best friend in Rome. We went to St. Monica’s tomb, and while there, the Lord spoke to me in the depths of my heart, telling me it’s time to invite my own dear mother home into the Church.
I love the Church with everything I’ve got, but I love my mother too. I’d seen others talk to her about this, and she just didn’t get it. She was defensive. I was nervous to have this conversation with her.
So later, I did a Novena to Saint Thérèse, asking her guidance. I asked for a yellow rose if it was time to talk to mom about this. After the novena, what crossed my path unexpectedly but a bouquet of two dozen GIANT bright yellow roses.
So, I prayed, and I talked to mom.
She said, “I’ve been waiting so long for you to ask me!”
The last few months, she’s been meeting with one of the Dominican Sisters at my parish to prepare to receive the sacrament of Confirmation and her First Communion.
A part of that prayer experience that I never told her, so as to not pressure her, was that I felt I would be the one to receive her into the Church when she was ready.
Recently, she told me she wanted me to confirm her and that she wanted to receive Communion at my first Mass of Thanksgiving. I told her the only way that’d work is if she was confirmed at my first Mass. She said that’s what she’s been wanting.
So, I talked to my pastor and the Archbishop. At the end of this last week, the Archbishop gave me permission to do what my mother desires and what the Lord spoke to my heart that warm day in Rome.
So, at my First Mass, I’ll have the joy of receiving my mother into full communion with the Catholic Church and giving her the Eucharist for the first time.
What an absolute blessing. Please pray for her.
The Lord is so stinkin' good y’all.
Sts. Monica & Thérèse pray for us!
Deacon Tony Cecil (along with Deacon Steven Reeves and Deacon Kirby Rust)
will be ordained to the priesthood at 11:00 a.m. May 25 at the Cathedral of the Assumption.