Friday, July 6, 2012
Time so Precious
It has been about seven months since the tragic death of my dear friend Theresa. We had the most amazing conversation one day. We were just going to visit for a few minutes. Three hours later, we had discussed relationships, marriage, God's surprising plans for us, the Holy Eucharist, love, raising children and losing weight. On that day, my friend gave me some very sound advice about all of these things and some invaluable suggestions about being a cantor at Mass. Ten days later she was gone.
Theresa began each day by praying a Rosary and a Novena. She was unwavering in her devotion to her faith through her prayers and example. Our family was so happy whenever we were able to be with her family during Sunday Mass. She took such good care of everyone in her family. She always spoke of them with so much admiration and love. I enjoyed our brief time together and miss her so very much. It will take much time and effort to achieve Theresa's level of discipline in prioritizing daily prayer. I am so easily distracted by anything which sounds the alarm of urgency.
Theresa seemed to be energized by her prayers. It was how she ordered her day. I learned from Theresa that prayer makes every interaction with loved ones and each moment of time so precious. While busily trying to catch up with housework and gardening, I am reminded by Theresa's example to take the time to be quiet and listen to Jesus and Mary.
My sadness at her passing is so present to me as I cantor at Mass. Yet, I am comforted, knowing that Theresa is in Heaven praying for all of us.
En Los Corazones de Jesús y María