A stranger in his fifties suddenly approached me, when I left my seat to line up for Communion at the back of the Dominican Church of Saint Pius V, in Providence, RI — across the Providence College Campus — on August 8, 2012. A picture of the church is at the bottom of the page.
“It is so cold here! Are you leaving the Church?” he asked me. “No, I’m lining up for Communion,” I replied.
The temperature was comfortable, but he was freezing and I felt the cold wave which I perceived as a spiritual sign.
“What am I supposed to do now?” he asked. “Are you receiving Communion? Line up,” I suggested. “Are you Catholic?”
“I am, but I have not practiced for long,” the stranger replied. “Perhaps you should take Communion after consulting a priest,” I recommended. The man became sad because he was attracted to the Eucharist like a compass needle to the North Pole.
“What are you doing in the line?” he asked me. “I’m receiving Jesus,” I responded.
“Are you very thirsty for Jesus?”
“Yes, I am …” he promptly asserted.
“Line up, receive Jesus, and consult a priest, as early as possible,” I advised him.
We were the last two communicants. The celebrant gave me Communion, then stepped down with a host to meet the stranger.
“What am I supposed to do?” he asked the celebrant. “Are you Catholic, sir?” asked the Dominican. “I am, but I have not practiced for a long time.”
“Are you thirsty for God?”
“Yes, I am very thirsty!” the stranger responded.
They dialogued briefly, and I observed the Dominican make the sign of the cross on the communicant’s forehead and place a host in his mouth.
The communicant asked the celebrant “What should I do?” “Swallow the host,” he replied.
Stunned, I returned to my seat surrounded by a shield of Grace.
“Thank you. I’m very happy!” the stranger jubilantly told me after the mass. “How can I continue to enjoy this peace and happiness?” he inquired. Ask the celebrant for spiritual guidance during the social hour, I suggested.
Who was that mysterious man?
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Church of Saint Pius V, Providence, RI, USA