By: Michael De La Cerda
It was a late spring day when were all gathered around my grandmother's bed, praying and softly singing, as she was slowly dying from throat cancer. There was also a nurse in attendance who was a part of the hospice team. The final moment came along with the many tears. As she was being taken to the coroner's van, the family, children and adults alike, lined up on both sides of the walkway leading from her house to the street and sang her a final farewell. We then gathered in the backyard of her home where we shared the many stories of her life. There were around 11 of us sitting together in a large circle, apart from other people in the yard, during this time. Our circle was comprised of mostly the older grandchildren. As we sat talking, laughing and remembering, we became silent as a white dove suddenly landed directly in the middle of our circle. We continued to sit quietly as the dove peacefully walked around the inside of the circle of chairs and after gracing us with his company inside the circle, found its way to other areas of the yard, where other children and adults were sitting nearby. It continued to walk around, seemingly at peace and unafraid of any person in the yard. After about eight minutes or so, it gently flew away. We were blessed that day with a messenger of peace. God's reassurance to us that my grandmother was at peace and suffering no longer. And the manifestation of God's grace upon us was shown to us in a most familiar form.
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Benedictine abbot and defender of the faith. Born in Canas, Navarre, Spain, circa 1000, he entered the Benedictines at San Millan de Ia Cogolla. King Garcia III of Navarre challenged him when he became abbot of the monastery, and Dominic refused to surrender part of the Benedictine lands to the crown. For this he was exiled, going to King Ferdinand I of Castile ... continue reading
St. Joseph was born at Cupertino, in the diocese of Nardo in the Kingdom of Naples, in 1603. After spending his childhood and adolescence in simplicity and innocence, he finally joined the Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual. After his ordination to the holy priesthood, he gave himself up entirely to a life of humiliation, mortification, and obedience. He was ... continue reading
Dymphna was fourteen when her mother died. Damon is said to have been afflicted with a mental illness, brought on by his grief. He sent messengers throughout his town and other lands to find some woman of noble birth, resembling his wife, who would be willing to marry him. When none could be found, his evil advisers told him to marry his own daughter. Dymphna ... continue reading
The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the angel who appeared to Zachariah to announce the birth of St. John the Baptizer. Finally, he ... continue reading
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If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and ... continue reading
God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ... continue reading