Monday Morning Meeting Mary at McDonalds and My Montage

18 Oct

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be. ~Douglas Pagels

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Wow! That’s a lot of alliteration, isn’t it? Monday morning… Lots of m’s. Yesterday, while greeting before Mass, Mary and I agreed that we needed to get together sometime for coffee and conversation. It’s hard to talk in between all the “Good morning. How are you? Nice day.” We agreed on Monday morning.

Mary is one of those sweet, soft spoken, behind the scenes boundless bundles of energy. We met last year at church one morning before Mass. We had volunteered to greet at the door, and we immediately became good friends. During our brief half hour chats at the front door of St. Gabriel’s, we shared snippets of friends, families, hopes, dreams, joys, and sorrows. It’s amazing how much you can learn about someone in just a few minutes on a Sunday morning. After a few weeks of small talk and pleasantries at the door, I shared the story of my divorce and healing process. We’ve met for coffee a few times and have had great conversations. That’s when I found out why I was meant to meet Mary.

One of the many avenues that Mary generously shares with her community is being an advocate for Catholics going through the annulment process. It can be a confusing and tedious venture. Mary is helping me as I start with the mounds of paperwork. I’m a firm believer in God putting people in our path for a reason. Mary has literally been a God-send to me. 


This morning, we agreed to meet at McDonald’s at 9:30. Here’s a cute story. So, I got out of my car and started walking towards the door just as Mary was doing the same. I opened my arms from a distance and said loudly, “Good morning Miss Mary!” Then we hugged, just like we do at church. A lady about our age was walking out of McDonalds and giggled as Mary and I hugged like school girls in the parking lot. I walked over to this stranger with open arms, smiled and said, “Good morning,” and gave her a big hug. She smiled, hugged me back and said, “I needed that today! Thanks.” Then, she walked over to her car and drove away.

Hmm? You never know how you can influence someone with just a smile or a hug or a kind word. It doesn’t cost a thing. “We don’t meet people by accident. They are meant to cross our path for a reason.”

Here are a few pictures of me and Mary. 



Here we are, “dishing the dirt,” literally, at the ground breaking ceremony at church a few weeks back.

I have been blessed with the greatest friends, old ones and new ones. God puts many wonderful people in our path. We get to choose which paths to take.

A week in a peek…

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