Friends of the Rosary:
As St Paul reminds us in his letter to the Hebrews (9-24-28), that we read yesterday, Jesus put sin away by the sacrifice of himself. The Lamb of God defeated sin and darkness by giving his own life.
Following Jesus often requires an immense sacrifice.
My holy wife, Maria Blanca, self-denied herself in her last two months of life on Earth, submitting herself to the Divine Will. She never complained, despite her desire to enjoy life with her husband. She was about to come out of the hospital recovered and purified. We were so excited, with so many plans. That was our momentum. We both agreed that her disease and stay in intensive care was worth it because it ended up bringing us closer.
Divine plans were different, though. She’d be cured and eternally happy, but not here on Earth. In this regard, my family and I rejoice. We know we have an advocate that will intercede for us with the Saints, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Jesus Christ. Through prayer, we are starting to discern this.
As a family, we have accepted the carrying of the Cross. This acceptance gives us comfort and alleviates pain. But, still, it is a lot of pain.
Maria Blanca, facing extreme physical pain, offered herself as a victim in expiation of sin. Are we able to follow her legacy?
Jesus, I Trust In You!
+ Mikel A. | TheRosaryNetwork.org, New York