When Saints Stalk…

… Did I ever tell you how I was stalked by St. Anthony once? Well, it least it seemed that way to me. Tony just kept popping up everywhere. I feel like I can call him that. Tony. You know, since we go so far back.

Saints just have their ways. Coming and going and making their presence known when you need them most. Sometimes you don’t even know you need them till they show up. Heavenly party crashers.

So I was cleaning out my closet this evening and found some old purses. Digging through them I found an ancient looking copy of The Way by Josemaria Escriva. Now my knowledge of Opus Dei doesn’t extend farther than a few Dan Brown references and I don’t remember having ever seen this book before, so how it came into my possession is a mystery.

But as Kathy Schiffer pointed out to me, tomorrow is Escriva’s feast day so that makes duty bound by Catholic law to read this book. Even more strange about this book is that it had Kathy’s business card in it and another card for this place in Rome. So I obviously acquired it while visiting in Rome but I never took this particular purse on that trip. And I don’t remember having seen it before when I unpacked. Did I some how unknowingly steal a book from the Vatican? And what are the eternal implications for that? Maybe the statute of limitations on Vatican theft expires with each new pope. In which case, I should be OK. Right?

Anyway…. now I feel bad and junk because I really wanted to finish this other book I’ve been reading but due to it’s mysterious appearance and even more mysterious timing I feel like Jose ( I can call him that) is guilting me into reading his book instead – what with his feast day coming up and all. I don’t even like books written like this – The Way is made up of short ‘counsels’. It’s like reading snippets taken out of context from something larger and more meaningful… Like when protestants quote Bible verses at you.

I’ll just have to suck it up. Jose (I can call him that) obviously thinks I need this book and is trying to help my heathen soul.

No albino monks where harmed in the making of this post.

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  • http://coucoumelle.blogspot.com/ Jeanne Chabot-Baril

    My sister is a numinary in Opus Dei. I have a copy of The Way lying around somewhere, which I haven’t read. Probably for the same reason… it’s snippets… And as much as I like the people in Opus Dei, I seem to be resisting it somehow… like… I don’t know… It’s not my personal style? Maybe it’s partly because they love it so much (and that’s good, for them) that they consistently pressure me to come more, to attend more of their things, bring my family… etc… and that makes me resist…

    I might actually go more often,… if they weren’t ALL in Montreal. I hate driving to Montreal.

    And they seem to think that the solution to having an atheist husband is to bring my whole family to Opus Dei activities. I’m certain said activities would do my kids some good, but my husband has read Dan Brown and think Opus Dei is a secte. (Sigh…) So like, yeah… he’s REALLY open to letting my kids go to these activities…


  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    There have been times I have felt that St. Francis of Assisi has stalked me…lol, and this past year it’s St. Catherine of Siena. I never thought about it in terms of stalking, but yeah, that fits! Can I get a restraining order from some judge? ;)

  • Pat

    Yes! I have been tripping over saints for years and the bookcases are overflowing. But, take my advice and just go with it… Can’t have too many friends; especially in Heaven!

  • Albertan

    What an interesting way that St Josemaria’s book has fallen into your hands! From what I can tell, he had a colorful, off-the-cuff way of talking/teaching, perhaps like our Pope Francis. I will be curious to see what you think of him and his writing. He is very direct, like you. He’s quite the powerhouse of a saint and is much maligned, much to Satan’s glee. Best wishes.

  • Christina Thérèse

    Personally, I sometimes think that it’s better to read books like that in bits and pieces, not straight through. Maybe a section in the morning or some other part of the day, but not all at once. (Of course, I’m pretty bad at putting that into practice sometimes, and just swallow books whole anyway if I like them even though I might know it would be better to read slowly.)

    And… yeah. Saints can definitely stalk. St. Cecilia (Seriously, she stalked me a bit before I was even anywhere close to being Catholic. Okay……), St Therese, St. Francis…. Yup.

  • tj.nelson

    I like to read his little books like that by opening at random first – sort of like a fortune cookie – then I read sections here and there. I love him – I have never aspired to be a member of Opus Dei however.

  • http://www.thescholarlyredneck.com/ Deborah Lee

    Stalked…that is the same work I used for how Padre Pio pursued me when I was in RCIA. During my penance for my first confession I was praying and I asked him why he would take so much effort to reach out to me and make himself known. He immediately directed me to a mosaic of Christ initiating the Eucharist and I was washed over with Christ’s loving pursuit of me. It is something I believed in and spoke of as a protestant, but it was an intellectual understanding. At that point. my whole being understood it in a way I had never known before. Padre Pio was doing his job of pointing me to Christ.

  • J Linn

    I’m sorry I don’t have anything relevant to say here, than that I nearly wet myself every time I read anything you write. Don’t stop! I’ll get out the Depends.