Friends of the Rosary:
Today, November 4, Memorial Day of St. Charles Borromeo, my lovely wife, Maria Blanca, would celebrate her birthday, 62 years old. A week ago, just hours before she died, a nurse told us that, because of the birthday, my daughters would be allowed to share more time at the ICU with her mom. We were ecstatic.
Since October 11, I was the only one authorized to stay for hours at the ICU. That day, Maria Blanca was offered psychological care in a desperate attempt by the doctors to manage her extreme pain. Maria Blanca was clearly disturbed by that offer, and she loudly claimed that she just wanted to see her husband. Doctors accepted the request.
During three weeks, there was apparently medical progress. Maria Blanca was saying to me: “You are saving me.” I was picturing her at home by the end of November. She just wanted to sleep in her bed and cook vegetables at home. God had different plans, and our earthly, limited projects would be abruptly canceled.
It seems that Jesus and Mary wanted us in another role. We read today (Lk 15:1-10) that Jesus reveals that one single sinner who repents and converts causes big joy in Heaven. As baptized Christians, we all have received the apostolic mandate of spreading the Word. Is Maria Blanca’s sudden departure an invitation to work more seriously in the mission to help convert souls through the Rosary?
One thing is clear: the prayerful life and passion at the ICU of my holy wife are already producing tangible fruits. We will stay tuned to discern the Divine Will.
Jesus, I Trust In You!
All Saints, Pray For Us!
+ Mikel A. | TheRosaryNetwork.org, New York