A priest had been invited to give a mission talk about the Catholic use of signs and symbols in worship. As he was leaving the parish after his talk, he got into a serious car accident with a man who was a fallen-away Catholic and had stopped at the church simply to warm up from the bitter cold outside. Both survived the accident unhurt and crawled out of the wreckage. The man recognized the priest as the presenter and said, “Father, I’ve been away from the Catholic faith for twenty years and stopped by the church tonight just to warm up. Our survival of this crash must be a sign from God that I am to return to the Church.” And the priest agreed it was indeed a sign from God. Then, the man said, “Look, here’s another sign from God. My car is completely demolished but this bottle of wine didn’t break. Surely God wants us to drink this wine and celebrate my return.” So he handed the bottle to the priest who took a few big swigs, and handed the bottle back to the man. The man took the bottle, didn’t drink at all, put the cap on, and handed it back to the priest. The priest asked, “Aren’t you going to have any?” And the man replied, “No . . . I think I’ll just wait for the police.”
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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.