Of all the people who have helped me grow spiritually, one man has made all the difference. Without this one man, my life would not have turned out the way it did.
His name is John, and he shared the genius of Catholicism with me before I even knew what it was. He took me step-by-step through the basics of Catholic spirituality, patiently answered my questions, prayed for me every day, and held me accountable. He gave me everything that became the foundation of my spiritual life for the past twenty-five years. He was a friend and a mentor. John passed away years ago, and not a day goes by when I don’t wish I could thank him just one more time.
A few months back, one of the team members at Dynamic Catholic got the idea to invite people to look back over their lives and recognize the people who shared the genius of Catholicism with them. So we created postcards with simple and inspiring messages of thanks. We made them available for free—even shipping is free—and invited you to use them to thank the people in your life who have positively impacted you.
Since then, we’ve heard from hundreds of men and women from across the country who have given and received those cards. Some of their stories were incredibly powerful, and some of them were beautifully simple. Allow me to share just one short story with you.
One woman got her free postcards and posted on our Facebook page when she heard back from one of the people she thanked. It was her dad. Here is her post:
My first recipient got back to me. My dad. He loved the card and thanked me. I could tell he was choked up a bit, but it allowed me to verbally thank him for introducing me and helping me along the way with my faith. I told him how I am passing it down to my daughter, and he sees that. Thank you, Dynamic Catholic, for this lovely (and inspiring) gift.
As we each look back on our lives, we can see people who have made great contributions to our spiritual growth in different ways. John was a friend of my soul. I am convinced that we all need someone like this in our lives to share the genius of Catholicism with us. I pray that you will have the chance to thank that person in your life, and I pray that someday we might be that person for someone else.
May God bless you and all those you love this Christmas,