Oh, hey! What a great day!
I'm still coming down from my fangirl high so I won't write anything profound or life changing. Sorry!
I started listening to the Catholic Stuff You Should Know podcast a couple of years ago. I know I've shared about it here before; it's a fabulous podcast by some great young priests in Denver. Their banter is hilarious, and they are smart, interesting, and striving for for holiness. The episodes are entertaining and insightful and I look forward to a new one every Thursday.
Last fall I declared Father Nathan Goebel my spirit animal. Urbandictionary.com defines spirit animal as "a representation of you or what you want to be." I texted Monica (above right) and made some jokes about writing him a letter. She talked me into it, since he said in one of the podcasts that he really appreciates snail mail.
The only appropriate card I had was an old Christmas card with a weird dog dressed in reindeer horns that said "Ain't I a joy to the world." But he's weird, too, so I went with it. I sent it off, and sure enough, I got a sweet shout out in a January episode of the podcast. All the heart emojis!
In an interesting act of the Holy Spirit, Monica mentioned my shout out at our women's group, because our friend Missy also listens to the podcast. She also happens to work at the NDSU Newman Center, where Father Nathan served as a FOCUS missionary a few years back. The Newman center invited him back as part of a speaker series and Missy told us about it. If she hadn't worked there, I wouldn't have known he was coming and I never would have met him! Oh, the horror!
Missy (above left), Monica and I met at the Newman tonight for his talk, and I stepped outside my comfort zone and introduced myself afterwards. We had a great little chat and if the poor college students wouldn't have been standing around waiting to meet him, I'd likely have asked him to go have a beer. I feel like we could be real life friends! Only in my dreams, I guess, but at least I got a new Facebook profile picture. And we had a great time!
If you are interested, one of my favorite episodes is Pilgrimage to Beauty, a live Theology in Tap event, and it can be found here: http://catholicstuffpodcast.com/?p=677 My other favorite episodes are probably Father Nathan and Father John's conversion/vocation stories. I can find them for you if you are interested!