New International Version (NIV)
Invitation to the Thirsty
55 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare."
As he read this - the Holy Spirit told him that he should become Catholic! Looking at it - these verses are very Eucharistic! He asked my mom to walk out in the garden with him, and told her! She was ready! When I returned from Colorado they told me that they were converting along with the 8 youngest, but that the 3 older girls could decide on their own. "I want to be a nun, so I want to be Catholic!" I said. As it turned out all 13 of us took our First Communion at Christmas Midnight Mass at the Cenacle Convent 1971... This last Christmas we celebrated our 41st anniversary of being Catholic! My dad was ordainded a deacon in the Catholic Church with the first deaconate group in the Twin Cities! He does everything that he did as a Protestant minister - marries, buries, Baptizes, preaches, visits the sick - the only two things he can't do is concecrate the mass or hear confessions!
My dad a deacon in Colman, South Dakota - an hour from our door to their door for 3 years in farm country! Such a wonderful gift! Each day in YOUR CHURCH has been a gift, dearest Jesus!