Those of you who stop by my Facebook page may have noticed this story about a newborn infant, only a few hours old, who was left in a duffel bag in the parking lot of St. Raymond's Catholic Church yesterday morning. I went to Mass at St. Raymond's this morning and heard the rest of the story.
The parishioner who found the child had initially driven by the bag as had many others. There was nothing about this bag that necessarily attracted attention. He drove to the entrance of the church and dropped off his wife and children. He then parked the car. For some reason he felt compelled to walk from his car to the bag and look inside. Imagine his astonishment at seeing a newborn infant. There was no rational reason for him to go investigate the duffel bag. His compulsion must be attributed to the intercession of angels and saints and the prodding of the Holy Spirit. God is truly good.
Sometimes when you are profoundly aware of the presence of God, the only response is tears. When the pastor of St. Raymond's related this story today he became very emotional. Of course that prompted tears from the rest of us as well. Just as in today's Gospel when Jesus revealed his Divinity by healing the blind man, God revealed himself to us by the discovery of this child. She is now in a local hospital in good health.
Please pray for this child's mother. She is a good woman as evidenced by her willingness to bear this child and in her own way, seek what it is best for her child. She may be in need of medical care. Please pray that she receives it. Pray also that she knows and has peace with the well-being of her child.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.