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Is There Still Good In The World?
Published on Saturday, March 12, 2011 by

This has been a year of financial downs, to say the least.  Top it off with poor health and you’ve got yourself a “throw your hands up in the air” kind of run.  Have you ever had to borrow money from your kids?  Because my oldest has become my new financial institution.  For this I am not proud.

It all came to a head this week when my gas tank was once again on “E” as I drove my youngest to school.  “Honey, we have to get some gas on the way.  I’ll be quick.”  I pulled up and dug for my debit card.  Which was nowhere to be found.  I keep both my driver’s license and my debit card in a card holder which at that point was apparently gone from this world.  Oh boy.

I prayed my car would keep going as I dropped off my daughter, then continued to pray as I drove back home.  Time to hit my son’s bank in order to make it to work.  Late.  After racing through the house looking for my cards I soon realized they were indeed completely lost.  Holding my head down I walked to my son’s room, only to find his money had been moved.  I sat down on the floor and cried.

Another prayer resulted in success.  I grabbed a $10 bill, hit the gas station and raced to work.  Late, but I made it.  But where was my driver’s license?  Where was my debit card?  When did I last see them?  It was going to be a “pray to St. Anthony night,” the minute I got home.

Catholics often pray to St. Anthony to find lost things.  I have heard countless stories of prayers being immediately answered, and have experienced it often myself.   After looking in the same place over and over, I will pray to St. Anthony to help me find a lost item and BAM! – there it is in the same spot I had been looking in.  So I got to praying.

Unfortunately I soon realized the cards were pretty much gone.  I would not be able to get cash, write checks or drive with a license.  Again, hands up in the air.  That night I was on facebook and posted the following:

“I need help from those who pray to St. Anthony! I lost my card holder yesterday. Now I don’t have a debit card OR a driver’s license. So I can’t even write a check in a store (no ID) or get cash (no debit card or ID for the bank). I’ve been praying to St. Anthony all night. So far no luck. I am desperate. Can the St. Anthony prayer people say some prayers to him that I find it? THANK YOU!”

The MINUTE I clicked “SHARE” and it hit my wall, I noticed a red notification over the messages icon.  I clicked on the message and saw a stranger’s name.  Who was that?  His message read,

“My mother in law found ur wallet. Please give us a call so we can get it back to you. XXX-XXX-XXXX.”

This message was NOT in Facebook before I added my post.  Amazing.

Apparently I dropped my card holder in a Walmart parking lot.  A wonderful and honest woman found it and told her son-in-law about it.  He searched for my name on Facebook, found me and contacted me right away.  He didn’t steal my identity.  He didn’t sell my information.  He simply did the right thing.  There are still good people in this world.

When I picked it up I shared my regret that I had no reward money.  He shook his head immediately, showing me that wasn’t even on his mind.  “But,” I said… “On a whim yesterday I bought a lottery ticket with a dollar in change I had in the car.  You need to take it and I hope you win a million dollars.”  He smiled and went back inside.

Today, I hope he is a millionaire.  But I suspect his life would not change much if he was.  Because he and his family already have hearts of gold.

There is still good in this world, everyone.  There is still a whole lot of good.  I am one lucky woman.  Thank you, thank you THANK YOU for finding and returning my cards.  May your lives be blessed with health and great happiness, always.  And St. Anthony?  YOU ROCK!

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