Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Story Behind the Story

As is frequently the case, the story behind the story is even better. I briefly mentioned a story about a nun chasing down a thief earlier this week. Well here is the whole story.

“Nun on the run, pursuing justice,” read the headline in the Kansas City Star daily newspaper.

“You don’t mess with nuns from the Sisters of St. Francis,” said one TV reporter.

“Thou shalt not steal — especially within sight of a convent,” said another.

Now for the rest of the story, a story that is just beginning.

There is a 17-year-old man confined in the Jackson County Jail as he awaits serious felony charges who now has an entire community of sisters — not nuns, an important distinction — praying for him. If he needs any help to turn his life around, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist will provide it as best they can.

But he should know now that he is loved, said Sister Connie Boulch, one of the two sisters who helped police capture the burglary suspect as he tried to cut through their motherhouse property in northern Independence.

“I hope we get a chance to talk to him,” said Sister Connie, the community’s vicar who also works as the director of the Office of Consecrated Life for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

“I would like to tell him that he was on our property not by accident, but by providence,” she said.

“All sorts of people wander onto our property,” Sister Connie said. “They are all prayed for, and hopefully because of that, their lives are better.

“This young man has his whole life ahead of him,” she said. “He has the opportunity to change. I know that the prayers of the sisters will be with him for a long time.”

Sister Connie rose at 5 a.m., as she always does, on Aug. 13 to pray in the motherhouse chapel before reporting to work at the diocesan chancery.

Shortly before 7 a.m., she opened a window in her non-air-conditioned office, not far from the chapel, to let in the cool, early morning air for herself and Sister Catarina da Silva.

Sister Catarina saw a young man walking through the soybean field on the 82-acre property.

Read the rest. You won't regret it.

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