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Supportive Hug

Location: Dearborn Heights MI USA

By: Debbie Schmidtke

It was 2 weeks before I took the Nursing exam in Pasadena CA when I heard the news that my Grandmother had a Heart attack and passed away in Michigan. I needed to go home to be with my family and pay respects to my grandmother. I stayed home for a week and then went back to CA, 3 days before the State Board Exams.

As I sat there on the very first day of testing - I was a nervous wreck. I think the anxiety of the testing, as well as all the emotions of losing a Grandparent- that I could not wait to move back home to see, was too much. So I closed my eyes and said a little prayer. At that time I felt this warm arm come around my shoulders and rest there.

I slowly opened my eyes to thank, who I thought would be the monitors walking the floors, and no one was there. Although this caught me off guard - it was very comforting to believe that my grandmother or other guardian angel was with me at that time.


I passed the boards and think of this moment often.

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St. Cletus was the third bishop of Rome, and succeeded St. Linus, which circumstance alone shows his eminent virtue among the first disciples of St. Peter in the West. He sat twelve years, from 76 to 89. The canon of the Roman mass, (which Bossuet and all others agree to be of primitive antiquity,) Bede, and other Martyrologists, style him a martyr. He was ... continue reading



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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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