Here's one flight attendant who'll never forget this particular flight

June 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Patrick's Blog

I just received the following note from Tom Peterson, president of CatholicsComeHome and Virtue Media. It’s a great reminder of how important it is for each of us (this means you) to live out the message of 1 Peter 3:15-16, all day, every day: “Always be reading to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”

I want to share a personal story with you that happened a few weeks ago while on a flight. It inspired our entire Catholics Come Home team, and I hope it inspires you, too!


I boarded an early morning flight to return home, following a Catholics Come Home presentation in Wichita the night before.

After take-off and the beverage service, I took a second to thank the two hard-working flight attendants for their exceptional hospitality. A little later, one of the flight attendants stopped to tell me how much she appreciated and needed that kind word of affirmation at this time in her life.

Prior to landing, I felt led to take out one of our CatholicsComeHome.org evangelization cards. On the back of the card, I wrote, “The hope you are seeking can be found only in Jesus and His Church.” I signed my name and held the card in my hand, waiting for an opportunity to hand it to her, if it was meant to be.

As we began our descent into the Atlanta airport, that flight attendant stopped one last time to thank me as she headed to the back of the plane for landing. I took a leap of faith and handed her the CCH evangelization card and note, asking her to read it when she got home.

Thanks to God’s abundant grace, last week our office received a wonderful letter from that flight attendant! In it, she explained that she had suffered loneliness since her divorce a year ago, and she was looking for answers. She went on to say that she desperately needed that Catholics Come Home card and hopeful note on the back, and that she hadn’t stopped crying since she received the little card. Amazingly, she confided that she had been away from the Catholic Church and from God for many years. After receiving the Catholics Come Home card and note, she returned to Mass last week, and had finally found exactly what she had been looking for—God!

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I wanted to share this story with you as a reminder that each of us is called to share the Good News of Jesus and His Church to a world in need of hope. As members of the Body of Christ, we are called to work passionately to bring souls home to Jesus and His holy Catholic Church. And, it’s always incredible to witness the fruit that comes from being obedient to the will of God.

Likely, someone out there is waiting for you to invite them home too, whether on a plane, at the store, or at your child’s swim meet. So when the opportunity arises, take the time to answer the Holy Spirit’s call, and help change someone’s life forever!


Your brother in Christ Jesus,

Tom Peterson


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9 Responses to “Here's one flight attendant who'll never forget this particular flight”
  1. Anonymous says:

    I started wearing my mother's crucifix after her death, when I started an apostolate called the United Hearts of the Holy Family. I have been amazed at the number of people who approach me and ask if I am a Catholic. A number even think I am a nun because I wear midcalf length skirts, and one person said "I didn't know that nuns wore blue jean skirts!" People DO like a sign of faith. Theresa Henderson

  2. Anonymous says:

    The picture of the card is a link to purchase them.

  3. Tim H. says:

    Probably not a good idea to post a JPG of someone's signature on the internet.

    -Tim-

  4. Tim H. says:

    Probably not a good idea to post a jpg of anyone's signature on the internet. Just a thought.

    -Tim-

  5. Anonymous says:

    So, how do we get those cards to pass out?

  6. Kindred Spirit says:

    Nothing, absolutely nothing, is impossible to God. If we allow Him to work through us, the whole world will turn to Him. Such an inspiring story–thank you for posting it.

  7. Anonymous says:

    That reminds me of another reconversion story and the (holy) card that brought it about. A friend of mine was a security guard at an evangelical college. One night he was patrolling the grounds and did a check of the chapel. When he came out of the chapel, he realized that something was stuck to his shoe. It was a holy card depicting the patron saint of his home parish! He realized that given the circumstances, this was very likely divine intervention, and he returned to the practice of his faith. Incredible, but true.

  8. Taquoriaan says:

    Awesome! I'm all teared up now! What a great story.

  9. Jerry says:

    AMEN!!!

    How many missed opportunities are there for all of us? Many times…it is that "moment," that day to day event that we overlook, where a simple gesture, smile, handshake…lies a miracle!

    Tks for sharing, Brother!

    Bro Jer

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