Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Because Claire's a lady and I'm a gentleman -and we're friends- I will not tell you how old she is.
I'll only tell you that it was 17 years ago that I met her and since then I've been grateful to be part of her long life.
I met Claire at a local nursing home where she volunteered to help set up for occasional Masses and to visit with the residents every week and pray the Rosary with them. I came to know her family, too. Harry, Claire's beloved husband, passed away not too long ago and she misses him dearly. Her children, grandchildren and now great-grandchildren are all blessings in her life.
Today I visited Claire to pray with her, anoint her and bring her the Eucharist. Claire was always faithful to the Sunday Table but of late she's not been strong enough to come to Mass.
Today her smile was a genuine blessing and I was graced by the tears of faith she wept as we prayed for Harry and she received the sacraments that for years she'd helped others receive at the nursing home.
The power of prayer and sacraments was a real presence at Claire's bedside this afternoon.
People of great faith pass through my life on a daily basis and so often the faith of those I serve makes my own seem shallow. But in the faith of others I find the courage that draws me to depths I might otherwise not imagine let alone explore in my own.
Claire's faith, smile and tears drew me closer to the Lord's love in the simplest of ways and for that I give praise and thanks to God.
Please pray for Claire... and pray we not miss the gifts of deep faith in those who pass through our lives, day by day...
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