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A Random Deed of Mercy

'You Can Help Me With One Thing'

A patient with a low heart rate was in our emergency department. Knowing he would be admitted, we talked about the procedure that would be done in the morning to regulate his heart rate and rhythm. Looking at my Divine Mercy pin, he said, "You know, I am Catholic. Have not done much with it though." I told him about Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy, and then I offered him a rosary, and a Divine Mercy image.

"I will take your rosary, and use your rosary, if you can help me with one thing," he said. "I want to go to confession."

So when I brought him to the nursing unit — and while he was still on the stretcher, right in front of the nurses station — I asked the secretary to contact a priest for this man because he was going to have a procedure in the morning, and he would like to go to confession. When I brought the man to his room, he took the rosary, made the sign of the cross, and thanked me, saying, "You are bringing me back to God." When I left the nursing unit, the secretary told me the priest would be there in 30 minutes.

The Lord makes His presence known. The merciful presence of the Lord and the rays of His mercy penetrated the heart of this man. I smile as I think about it: He asked not for a blanket or pillow or another nurse to help him, but for a priest to care for his soul.

— Deborah S.

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