God is so good! The fish was even bigger than he or I had hoped for. I was so happy that I had given him my business card. A little friendly-Texas banter and a bit of reaching out had resulted in a new friendship and the capture of a big fish!

The fisherman and I exchanged a few more emails, letting things slip into the comfortably mundane. Only the Creator knows for sure, but I have a sense that God touched Mickey in a special and authentic way, out there in the ocean, and so that day, that meeting, that man, and his big fish will hold a special place in my heart. I pray that this fisherman will think of God and the power of prayers, every time he goes fishing, and maybe even more often than that!

God and fishermen have history, after all.


Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle is an award-winning and best-selling Catholic author of eight books, speaker, and TV host of EWTN's "Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms." Her latest books are Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship (Circle Press, Dec. 2009) and A Catholic Woman's Book of Prayers (OSV, Sept. 2010). This article is adapted from a piece at Donna’s blog, View from the Domestic Church and you can reach Donna at http://web.mac.com/dcooperoboyle/Site/Welcome.html.