Thursday, October 18, 2007

A Rosary Story...or is it a Car Story?

I think it’s a little of both. Today I spotted the perfect parking space at Target. I like to pull through so when I am ready to leave I can just drive straight out. If someone is with me, I may say, “I found a “pull-thru site!” the name based on old camping days, pulling a tent trailer.

So I pulled through to my perfect parking space in my blue-green Pontiac Transport…and found myself right next to its sister blue-green Oldsmobile Silhouette. Except for the black stripe on the side, they looked identical. The Olds even had a problem with its side-view mirror, just like my van does. And hanging from the rear-view mirror on each car was a rosary.

When I came out, I found both cars still sitting side-by-side. After getting settled into my car, I saw two men coming our way, one going to the passenger side and one to the driver side of the neighboring car.

“Twins,” I said to the driver through my open passenger window. We exchanged years and mileage (mine is a ’93 with 170,000 miles; his was a’95 with 130,000 miles). We discussed the side-view mirrors. Then I mentioned the rosaries.

“That was there when I bought the car,” he said, almost apologetically, and then rather proudly added, “and I didn’t have the heart to take it out.”

He said when he started cleaning the car, he found something wrapped around the rear-view mirror, unwound it, and found it was a rosary.

“I was going to take it out, but then I thought maybe the Good Lord wanted me to have it,” he said, smiling. “And I haven’t had any problem with the car!”

Of course, I don’t want to give my readers the idea that a set of rosary beads is a good luck charm. Tisn’t. But it seemed to me that he left it there out of devotion to God. In that case, like mine, it’s like a silent prayer hanging there. And quite likely God is blessing him for that!



5 comments:

Alexandra said...

Great story! Warms the heart. Thanks for sharing. :)

Esther said...

I agree with Alexandra. This is such a heartwarming story.

Micki said...

MMM - I once left my car on the road in front of our home...it's usually always in the driveway. Anyway, for some reason it wasn't locked that night and the next day I knew someone had rifled through the car looking for CD's etc. Obviously "old lady" didn't have the right kind. But the one thing they stole was my rosary in the ashtray. I hope they knew what it was and will someday use it. It had the St. Anthony center medal. Maybe this "lost" sole will be found.

Margaret Mary Myers said...

Thank you, Alexandra and Esther. Glad you enjoyed it. This was one of those times where I came home and started typing. I guess the family is used to me by now. :)

Margaret Mary Myers said...

Micki,

Wow, that's really interesting. Only thing someone took was the rosary. Your attitude about it is good. Perhaps your prayers for that person, along with the rosary, will help them...or perhaps already have.