Monday, April 9, 2007

How I met Tim Staples

The Holy Spirit moves in amazing ways… 4 years ago I learned this first hand via some interesting AM radio activity.

During my time in RCIA I was on a mission to learn as much as I could. I was attending the Monday RCIA meetings which were great… but I needed more. So I read lots of books, listened to CD’s, and scanned the Internet nightly. Sadly there was one big hole… the radio! I spent lots of time in my car and I wanted to listen to Catholic radio.

Well, one Monday evening on my way to RCIA I decided to find a Catholic radio station. With one hand on the wheel and one hand on the scan button I began my search. While I did find many good Protestant radio stations I could not find a Catholic station.

After a short drive, I made it to the church and had to stop my search. That night at RCIA we spoke about justification and the differences between the Catholic belief and non Catholic belief. We spent some time studying many scripture verses that explained the Catholic belief on justification and before I knew it the meeting was over and it was time to continue my Catholic radio station search!

As I was driving home I happened upon a station where I heard the following, “See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.” I remembered talking about this verse (James 2:24) and figured that this must be a Catholic station! The signal was not too strong so I actually pulled over to the side of the road to listen. The program was ending and I heard some words that changed my life forever, “… and I am Tim Staples.”

So for the rest of the ride home that night I repeated “Tim Staples” so I wouldn’t forget the name. When I got home I kissed my wife and dashed to my office where I did a quick Google search of Tim Staples. Well needless to say I didn’t get much sleep that night as I began listening to Tim’s conversion story, reading some of his articles, etc. The fire for this awesome Catholic faith of ours was lit before this night. But to be sure, listening to several hours of Tim Staples was like pouring gasoline onto the flame!

The next day I turned my car back on and guess what I heard? Pure static. I figured that the signal must be stronger at night so I waited. No luck. The signal never came in ever again.

I know it was the Holy Spirit introducing Tim to me that night. Luckily today I, along with millions of others in the DFW area, am able to listen to people like Tim Staples and Jimmy Akin all day long on radio 910 AM.

But, I always like to say that Catholic radio actually came to DFW several years ago… if only for a night.

1 comment:

Terry O'Brien said...

Tim Staples is GREAT