It was a windy, cloudy and yet pleasant evening. My wife and I were taking a short walk from campus to a nearby supermarket.
From nowhere she came to us with a friendly smile and began a casual conversation. We did not know each other first. We soon learned that she was a sophomore at the CJCU. And she originally was from a town not too far away from my wife’s home town. As we arrived at the supermarket, she walked in with us, tried to give us a hand here and there. She did not buy anything when we asked her. She looked like she just wanted to keep us company.
On our way back, a big storm came down suddenly. She quickly gave us an umbrella and waited under a small roof. But the rain came down so hard that one tiny umbrella could not cover much at all.
While sensing the rain would not stop soon, she quickly said “I’ll be right back!” and ran off in the midst of the rain storm.
By the time we saw her with her second umbrella in her hand and the third one over her head, she was more than soaking wet.
Before we gratefully walked back to campus with two of her umbrellas, we asked her to pick up her umbrellas in the department office where I worked the next day. She said, “Sure, no problem, Father!”
There she was and there she is. A soon to be a junior at the college and seemed to be unaware of the difference between a priest and a pastor, we have seen her as an angel - an angel who walks the extra mile for some complete strangers in a super market and a violent stormy evening.
We left her a note with the umbrellas and were so happy to find out that she picked up her umbrellas the next day from the office and left us a note also. Not only picking up her umbrellas, she picked our hearts and spirits up, just like an angel.