It seemed like an ordinary lunch hour for a legal clerk in her mid-twenties, even working for a Supreme Court Justice. Yet the normal lunchtime banter with her boss somehow took a turn for the extraordinary. Soon, they were engaged in a discussion on the Catholic dogma of Mary as the Immaculate Conception.
The young woman asked with conviction, “How could it not have been from heaven? How else could the uneducated, young Bernadette know that Mary is the Immaculate Conception?”
How did the clerk arrive at this belief herself though?
She shared that she had grown up watching “Bernadette: Princess of Lourdes” and other animations by CCC of America. As a little girl, hours spent watching (and re-watching) these films taught her that Bernadette knew Our Lady was conceived without sin because she revealed it to the poor, French girl.
Inspired by that story, her boss wasted no time ordering the movies for all of her grandchildren.
This is why we do what we do.What a beautiful calling, and a great responsibility. Equipping families with engaging resources for their ‘first schools’ is not only our mission, but also our passion. As the Proverb goes, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (22:6) We feel that if we place this call on children’s hearts when they are young, they will open their naturally generous (often heroic) hearts to help other souls.
The legal clerk’s story is just one of hundreds over the past 30 years. We are always both humbled and privileged to discover the impact of our steadfast commitment to “entertainment you can believe in.” From phone calls of kids wanting to speak with CCC, to a bride-to-be seeking the “Our Lady of the Roses” music sheets to dance to at her wedding reception, we are grateful that God continues to bless our daily labor in order to bear fruit.
And yet how many stories remain untold on the role that the lives of the Saints and Heroes have played?
As we compile our 30th Anniversary scrapbook, CCC is on a mission to collect more stories like this. How have these films about real-life heroes of the Faith in our series impacted the lives of you or your loved ones?
Please, would you take a moment to connect with us to share your stories? Whatever way is convenient for you – phone, online, or social media – we want to hear your stories. What a joy for us!
As you plant seeds of faith now in your children – it’s fascinating to consider how that can play out in ordinary and extraordinary ways in the future. But even now, in a culture saturated with noise and immorality, even little people of faith can make a big impact.
If we’ve embraced one teaching in the past 30 years, it is: Never underestimate the ability of little children to understand even the mysteries of our Catholic Faith. After all, didn’t Our Lady appear to Jacinta, Francisco, Lucia, Bernadette, as well as other little ones?
You never know the time or the place when the opportunity to speak about your faith will arise. At any moment, the ability for the ordinary to reveal the extraordinary awaits. Don’t let it pass. Then share that story, to encourage another along in his or her journey.