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By: Rosalie Francaviglia

Location: Rahway NJ USA

My mom was 94 years old when she went home to heaven on January 9, 2006. She suffered from breathing problems, COPD, and gradually grew worse. Looking at her was like watching someone turning the pages of a book as she gradually became worse.

I had a caretaker for her while I was at work, but the nights were mine and hers together. I was under a great deal of stress and frustration - work and home. The work situation was not improving. I became grumpy and nervous. I wanted with all my heart to be with my mom. I retired from work on January 3, 2006, to be with my mom.

As I was sitting by my mother's bedside, about a week before she died, I noticed just outside the doorway to her room was a "dark, swirling motion", however, it never crossed the threshold of the doorway. Something told me this was not a good thing. I never mentioned this to anyone.

I asked my parish priest to come give my mom the Last Rites. But, this "thing" was still there. I even told "it" "you cannot have her". But, it did not go away. I knew I wanted to pray and I did, but I was not really focused. I guess I was afraid I was admitting my mom was leaving me. I never told this to anyone.

One day a friend, non-Catholic, came to see my mother. She was telling me about the time when her brother was dying. He was not focused on his religion as he should be. She always told him to "stay focused on Jesus and He would be there for him". My fiend's prayers were answered. Before her brother passed away, he told her "Jesus is here for me." This helped me to "get focused". I told my mom to "stay focused on Jesus, Mary and Joseph, they will guide you home".

I always pray, but have not said the Rosary in long time. I took my Rosary beads and prayed it everyday. That "dark, swirling motion" was still there outside my mother's room. I knew it was not a good thing, but I was not afraid. I told "it" again "you cannot have her, begone Satan". It went away and never appeared again to this day. I felt very much at peace then as I do now. I now pray the Rosary everyday. The Power of the Rosary. Mary is our Mother, too.

I was alone with my mom on January 9, 2006, when she went home to heaven. I am a peace even though I miss her. I know she and my day are praying for me.

A few days after I buried my mom, I was in her room. I smelled flowers. I was beautiful. (I do not have any fresh flowers in the house at all.)

Angel Stories

Some may never see with earthly eyes these heavenly beings or know that they exist. Many are unaware of the numerous ways they have protected and guided us. We would like to share with you the stories of people who take pleasure in expressing how real angels are.

Angel Stories

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  1. my angel was sent to save me, by Carlos Perez
  2. Car Trouble and Angels to Assist, by Suzie
  3. the bird encounter, by Connor Pierce
  4. Ball of Light, by A Smith
  5. My Mom's Nurse, by Linda Driskill
  6. Don't See and Believe, by Billy Cokit
  7. An angel heard my prayer, by Maria Cabral
  9. My life was saved, by Amanda Theobald
  10. Angel Power, by Shirley Abuel
  11. Angel outside the Parish, by Abram Toa
  12. You Should Watch, by Christian Duguay
  13. How an angel saved my daughter, by Patricia Ten Eyck
  14. I am okay now, by Jessica Edwards
  15. An angel saved my life, by Vincent Parise
  16. They came to take him home, by Elizabeth Conner-Ster
  17. Driving with angels..., by Lori Leissner
  18. Angel with A White Beard, by Sam Ramirez
  19. Angel in Waiting, by Mike Seddon
  20. My angel brought me home, by Nena Sunico
  21. Thank you, by Julie Power
  22. Saved from ferocious dogs, by Roger Hayes
  23. Angel Abby, by Billy Fisher
  24. visit from an angel, by holly mora
  25. Saved from emotional hell, by Paul
  1. A Tall White Angel, by Noelia R. Cambero
  2. There is no doubt Angels are real, by sheree davenport
  3. The Power of the Rosary, by Rosalie Francaviglia
  4. World Trade Center Angels, by Roxanne Cintron
  5. Elaines Angles, by Margaret Graham
  6. An Angelic Appearence , by Sunaira Barkat
  7. Touched By An Angel, by Debra Sueper
  8. We are never alone, by Bonnie Franklin
  9. The faith of my Grandmother, by Daphne Hebert
  10. Angel of comfort, by Arlene Hiles
  11. I did not think of God at all until I saw my granddaddy, by lindsey stewart
  12. touched by an angel, by Tina Willis
  13. Watching My Back, by Amanda Joiner
  15. Thoughts of My Angel!, by Marsha Neuschwanter
  16. Guardian Angel, by Michael Gomez
  17. My Aunt's Prayer, by valerie coranado
  18. Angel Mechanic, by Christine Clarke
  19. Angel at Bedtime, by Renee Woznesensky
  20. Erin, by Leigh Boyles
  21. The cook , by Robert Clements
  22. Long Hair, by Crystal Denney
  23. It's Mother Calling, by John Nichols
  24. Treasure our gifts, by Kim J.
  25. aNgeL sEnT bY God, by Ellaine Manansala

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