Jacksonville, FL has a population of 853,382 (2014). When I was there a few weekends ago, I was hoping to find one of those 853,382 people - a man named Patrick Flynn.
Patrick is the guy who's fighting a diocesan ruling that's denying unvaccinated children their education. They've been barred from enrolling in Catholic schools for 2 years now. Ever since I heard about Patrick's case, I'd been praying about contacting him.
Should I? His fight is a good one, but it's not my fight.
Why should I anyway? Even though the Bishop's ruling directly affects family members living in Jax, I didn't know what to do beyond encourage family to fight back.
So I prayed one more time...
God, if it's meant to be, please lead me to Patrick. Well, holy cow, er...I mean, Holy Spirit! My prayer was answered. I ran smack dab into Patrick in the middle of the street outside the Church where the Bishop had just said Mass.
Talk about chills.
I wrote about the convo Patrick and I had. His fight is a tough one, but it's worthy of all of our attention, especially for other Catholics even if they're not living in that diocese. How can you help? Prayerfully consider supporting his cause.
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And believe that justice will prevail.
* Link to the gofundme page