Donation Given to an Aspiring Religious Woman

Over on US Catholic, I found this great article about a really wonderful story. I thought it was worth reading and hopefully you give it a chance too!

“More than $50,000 in student loan debt stood in the way of the 23-year-old Indiana teacher fulfilling her desire to serve God and the church as a member of the Sisters of Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, based in Steubenville, Ohio.

But 10 days after her story appeared in May 28 issue of The Criterion, Indianapolis archdiocesan newspaper, Prickel’s prayers were answered in a dramatic way.
On June 7, a woman called Prickel, a member of St. Anthony Parish in Morris, and told her she felt that she was supposed to pay off her debt. The woman wanted to know the exact amount needed to do that, and asked to meet Prickel later that day.

When Prickel met the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, she gave the aspiring religious a cashier’s check for approximately $52,000.” – “Anonymous Gift Allows Indiana Teacher to Pay Debt, Enter Religious Life”

It’s stories like these that make me remember that the world still has a slight hope of being a good place. Most of the time you hear a story about a generous donation such as this, the person giving the donation is not kept anonymous and reaps praise and fame from being so kind. However, this is the ultimate form of selflessness as this woman who gave $52,000 of her own money wants to be kept unknown. She acted on a gut feeling telling her that she should do this deed and help out a woman she didn’t even know. Helping out somebody aspiring to live a religious life is a great deed indeed, and just reading about this story made me happy.