What helps me to remember the date is that it happened on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Unlike the usual route converts use to come into the church during an Easter vigil, my husband and I didn't decide soon enough to catch that year's Easter vigil. And instead of waiting another year, we managed to find someone who would help us come into the church sooner. Needless to say, we took the soonest date that would work for: us, the priest (who had the bishop's permission) and our sponsors. LOOK out for falling names! Scott and Kimberly Hahn. It ended up being May 13th. As new Catholics, we were not familiar with what significance this date had.
I remember Kimberly mentioning something about it to me, but in the midst of all of this chaos, I just brushed it off. it didn't dawn on me that it was that date until months later when we read about the beautiful story of Fatima. Coincidence? I doubt it. Mary was watching over us even though we were barely acknowledging her.
We had felt the rush to do this in May because, we wanted to have our daughter baptized in the Catholic church--remember, she was coming very soon. And, oh yeah, my husband was starting a new job in June as a Youth Minister in a Catholic Church. He was hired without being Catholic--but being Catholic was kinda important to the job! Everything was in a rush.
It's not that we rushed into our decision to become Catholic. Oh no. This was a decision that took over two years of real, in-depth studying. My husband had been in Protestant seminary. We both had jobs ministering at our Presbyterian church--until we decided that we could no longer in good faith keep these positions. And in all honesty--the elders formally kicked us out.
Fun times! Unemployed and pregnant with baby number 3!
But Our Lady worked it all out. And the funny thing about this all is that out of all the Catholic doctrine that I wrestled and struggled with--one of the hardest for me to grasp was Mary. Mary was my last step to climb before becoming Catholic.
Now, I don't know what I would do without her! Happy Mother's Day, Mary, and Happy Feast of Our Lady of Fatima to everyone!