by Fr Duncan McVicar on 17/06/2013 -
One Saturday night, a Parish Priest was working late and decided to call the Presbytery housekeeper before he left for home. It was about 10.00pm, but the housekeeper didn’t answer the phone. The priest let it ring many times. He thought it was odd that she didn’t answer but decided to finish off a few last things and try again in a few minutes. When he tried again, she answered right away. He asked her why she hadn’t answered before, and she said that it hadn’t rung at the Presbytery – there had been no prior call. They both just brushed it off as a fluke and went on their merry ways. The following Monday, the Parish Priest received a call at the church office, which was the phone that he’d used that Saturday night. The man that he spoke with wanted to know why he’d called on Saturday night. The priest couldn’t figure out what the man was talking about. Then the man said, “It rang and rang, but I didn’t answer.” The priest remembered the mishap and apologized for disturbing him, explaining that he’d intended to call the Presbytery. The man said, “That’s okay. Let me tell you my story. You see, I was planning to commit suicide on Saturday night, but before I did, I prayed, ‘God if you’re there, and you don’t want me to do this, give me a sign now.’ At that point, my phone started to ring. I looked at the caller ID, and it said, ‘Sacred Heart’. I was afraid to answer!”
The Church that the priest attends is called “Sacred Heart Church”.
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