My heart is heavy and sorrow grips all of my bones. A tragedy has struck our church family. A beautiful two year old girl has lost her life. I can just imagine her right now dancing with the angels in heaven. Oh, how she lit up a room with her smile. I remember about two years ago this family came into our church family. They attended the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) classes and joined the church at Easter. It was so beautiful to see the whole family join the church during the Easter Vigil mass. There was so much joy in the church that night. It reminds me of the early church when whole families would come to the church and to be baptized, the young and the old, including the servants.
That joy of entering the church was challenged almost immediately when the mother was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. This challenge was handled so well by this young family with three small children. They were a true testament to what faith in the risen Lord means. They faced this terrible disease with all the peace and joy that can only come from the Creator. This is something that no young family should have to deal with, but in the process showed us all what true faith is about.
Then the unspeakable happened, the loss of a child. I can only imagine that it must feel like having your heart ripped out. I think of Mary looking up; at the cross where her son was dying. The grief will not pass quickly and I ask everyone for their prayers for this young family that has had to deal with more than anyone should. If you feel called to, please consider helping them out with medical and burial expenses.
Sweet Jesus, I lift up this family and our community to you in prayer. Please help us all find some consolation in you, Jesus in the face of this tragedy. May our hearts unite with Mary, the mother of God who bore the sorrow and grief of watching her son die. Mary, wrap us all in your mantle of protection in these coming days and weeks.