I still remember Nina walking toward the pew where we were seated – nearly 25 years ago - with that challenging, inviting, loving, mischievous, welcoming, smile on her face.
“I have the perfect time for you,” she announced.
I glanced quizzically at my wife and silently asked myself, “What is Nina talking about?”
“The 2 AM to 3 AM hour is perfect for you two!” she proclaimed.
“You’ll love spending an hour every First Friday morning adoring our Lord! He’ll shower you with immense blessings.”
“But Nina,” I protested. “We both work. How can we get up in the middle of the night and do our jobs the next day? We’ll be exhausted?”
“You won’t have any problems,” she assured us, sealing the deal with a loving hug before she left us to reflect on what had just happened.
Who could say no to Nina? Like Mom, Nina knew best.
Still incredulous that we were getting up in the middle of the night, we went for our initial hour of Adoration the First Friday of the following month. After a while, we sensed a persistent prompting to get out of our pew and approach the Blessed Sacrament. For the first time in our married life, we took turns praying out loud to the Loving Lord who gazed upon us from the magnificent monstrance in which He rested
Our lives were forever changed as have countless other lives – all because Nina had the Faith and courage to invite us to Adoration. This precious gift – once limited to one Friday a month, by God’s grace and the persistent nudging of His servant - is now available to everyone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
May this, Nina, my dear friend, be the perfect time for you – that you may be blessed to spend eternity wrapped in the loving arms of the Lord you loved.
Listen closely! You can still hear Nina: “I have the perfect time for you – Now! - Come into His Presence!
May Nina’s soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.