The following story was told by Bishop Fulton Sheen:
“I opened the church door one cold January morning, heavy London fog, and a limp figure fell in, a young woman.
I said, “How did you happen to be here?”
“Where am I, Father?”
“Yes,” she said, “I used to be a Catholic but not anymore.
“You were drunk.”
“Yes,” she said, “I was drunk.”
“But,” I said, “men drink because they like the stuff, women drink because they don’t like something else. What were you running away from?”
“Three men,” she said. “I was in love with each of them, they were beginning to find it out, and so I got drunk”
“What is your name?”
And pointing to a billboard apposite of the church on the walls of the Cross and Blackwell Jam office, I said, “Is that your picture over there?”
“Yes, I’m the leading lady in that musical comedy.”
I made a cup of coffee for her because she was frozen from the night exposure. She said, “Thanks.”
“No, come back this afternoon and thank me,” I asked.
She said, “I will on one condition. That you do not ask me to go to Confession.”
“Very well,” I said. “I shall not to ask you to do to Confession.”
“I want you to promise me faithfully that you will not ask me to go to Confession,” she said.
“I promise you faithfully that I will not ask you t o go to Confession,” I said.
She came back that afternoon before the matinee and I said, “We have two paintings in this church that are very notable. Would you like to see them?”
As I took her down the side aisle of the church, I pushed her into a confessional. I always keep my promises.
Two years later, I gave her veil as a nun in the Convent of Adoration, where she is to this very hour.
Therefore, that cold January morning, another choice had to be made and it was a choice for good. And, this is a choice that each and every one of us is making.
Bishop Fulton Sheen
*God has given us free choice such that our choices make us fit for heaven or hell