We were on the car, DH driving, heading towards the first of Satuday´s 2 weddings.
I had had a very difficult week and did not know how I would survive all the things that we had commited to (better said my DH had commited to) for the wedding.
We were in the middle of the highway heading towards this other city when I received a call. I saw that it was the bishops office and then I heard his secretary´s voice telling me if I could take his call.
I signaled to my DH to pull over. Now! and then made him a signal to pray!
So there we were, parked on the side of a little town of the middle of nowhere on the side of the highway with me on the cell phone and my DH with his head vowed down in prayer.
It was the amazing bishop that had promised to help way back in February to bring Na.pro here. The one that had invited me for an hour presentation that had ended 5 hours later at 10 p.m. The one that said this was one to the most amazing projects he had ever seen.
I had left him a message that morning asking for an appointment to inform him of the latest news regarding Na.pro. I knew he had been traveling and thought he might be still away so I wanted to have some time with him in the coming weeks.
Then I heard his voice and he began by asking how he could help me.
I told him I had already seen a couple that he wanted me to meet with facing IF and that I held hope for them and then began to tell him some of the issues that we had been facing in the last weeks.
Then he told me the most amazing thing:
I need to intervene. Now. This project is crucial and I need to do it now. It cannot create division.
He did not tell me a lot, but from his words I knew that he had other sources of information and that he was very concerned. It seems these persons have a pattern of behaviour contrary to what he wants in this diocesis. One that creates division among his flock. Basically without going into detail these persons take over social projects, own them and use them for political gain.
He then said:
where are you? and I told him in the middle of the highway!
He laughed and said I need to meet with X to discuss this with her and you. He said he had the phone of X, but it was best to have a person closer to her to arrange the appointment.
X is a highly influential person in the country that it one of the most amazing prolife persons I have ever met and one that has a lot of money and supports all causes realted to Life. Na.pro, he said, is what she has wanted to support for years and has not found. She can also stop these persons.
He had time Friday night until 11 p.m, part of Sunday morning and afternoon and very early Monday. He was very serious about this!!
Well.... we had been told the exact same thing by a person close to X and that knew of all that these persons were doing. She had advised us to speak ASAP to X.
Well, it seemed like a signal from Heaven that something had to be done now.
He asked me to call him back and asked me matter of factly:
do you have my cell phone?Me? the cell phone of a bishop??
And he began to dictate to me his cell phone and asked me to call him back when I had news.
Many hours later after many calls I had news. I had called a person that could arrange the meeting , but also 2 convents to start an intense prayer campaign. We needed all the help we could get.
I was trembling. Maybe in the next days I would have one of the most important meetings on my whole life.
We could meet with X in a few days, not that weekend. He asked me to tell the person calling x the following:
Tell X that this is her bishop and that I need to meet urgently with her. I invite her to breakfast or dinner at my house. I want her to meet a couple. Only us.
And then told me:
I am a shepherd and I need to guard my flock. This is so very, very important and I cannot see that it does not start on a solid ground.
I will back you up, but you must prepare so you can sell Na.pro to her and in case she asks why you do not want to work with these persons you will need to tell the truth.
All week I had been thinking this and a phrase from the Bible had come up often in prayer:_
Truth will set you free
Since then I have not slept well. X is truly a celebrity and meeting with her and the bishop at his house is something that never in a million years could I envision.
He was putting his name out there for a project that he had only heard about twice and for a person that also he had met only 2 times.
A true shepherd.