NE EVENING AROUND 8:00 P.M., I took a break
from working late and walked out to the hospital lobby information
desk. Just as I walked up, a young man with a disturbed look in
his eyes rushed up to the volunteer on duty.
“Where’s the gift shop?” he asked frantically. The volunteer
explained that the gift shop had closed at 5:00 p.m.
Sounding extremely discouraged, he asked where he might find a store
that would sell a rosary. The volunteer said, at that time of night
it was very likely that no place was open to buy a rosary.
I’ve got to have a rosary to bury my brother!” the young
man replied in despair.
The volunteer reached into her purse and handed him her own rosary.
Looking astonished, he took it and offered to pay her. She smiled,
and said, “You can’t pay me. It’s a gift.”
He paused and looked at her for a moment, then turned and rushed
out the door.
While he didn’t thank her aloud, I feel sure that in his heart,
he felt gratitude. It was a miracle moment!
Mary Ann Edwards
Marketing and Public Relations
CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital