A priest was traveling in Scotland. No one could tell that he was a priest because he was
wearing civilian clothes. He was passing by a house in the country. A person came out
of the house and asked him if he would come in. He asked what was the matter. The
person answered that the old man of the house was dying, but the old man would not
believe even though the doctor had told that he was dying. The priest then went into the
house, looked at the old man, and said, “My good man, you are certainly dying.” “Oh,
no” answered the man, “I am sure I shall not die now.”
“Tell me, “The priest asked, “What makes you think so?” “I will tell you the truth,” said
the old man. “I do not know who you are, but I am Catholic. For Thirty years I have
prayed every day to God that before I died a priest might come to hear my confession,
but there is no priest in this part of the country. After praying to God for thirty years not
to die without a priest, God shall not let me die till a priest comes.” “What you say, “said
the priest “is true. I am happy to be able to tell you that a priest is here now. I am a
priest.” Great was the joy of the old man. Well might he say with the good old man
Simeon, “Now O Lord, thou dost dismiss thee servant according to the word, in peace;
because my eyes have seen thou salvation” (Luke 2:29-30). The old man then made his
confession, received Extreme Unction and died a happy death.
God said, “Ask and it shall be given to you. For everyone that asketh receiveth” (Matt.7:
7-8). For thirty years the old man had asked of God to receive the Sacraments at his
death. So he, who gives to everyone who asks, took care that the Sacraments should be
given to him before he died.
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