Father Doty used this line in a homily last week. It was about the time Sister Mary Angela’s mom was dying. Her mom was a woman of faith; a simple woman and probably one of the most hardworking women I have ever known. Sister Mary Angela is the youngest of 13, not counting two who died at birth and three more who were miscarried. The Rosary was a part of daily life, “Like it or not” as Sister Mary Angela recalls as a child, “we all prayed it together every night.” And Sister’s mom was not just a one-Rosary-a-day woman. When I think of how many times she must have prayed to our Blessed Mother, “pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death,” it must have been millions.
Faith is the currency of heaven. She had a lot to bargain with. We figure she wanted to die on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, being so devoted to Our Lady. But then there is the Sacred Heart and First Fridays which she also loved. Only Monda could die on a First Friday after 4:00 making it the Vigil of the Immaculate Conception. God has His fingerprints all over her passage to eternity.
We go today, Wednesday, to lay her tired body to rest, but her spirit surely soars. She not only loved Our Lady, but was kind to those in need, was anointed shortly before death, AND RAISED 13 CHILDREN. Now that’s a nice load to take to the Lord along with her faith.
Here’s her holy card. She drew and painted the picture on the front.
The photo is from her 90th birthday celebration back in May. And the Rosary prayer, which the family approved by popular acclamation, describes her beautifully.
Monda, put a good word in for us, will you? May the Good Lord bless you and your family, especially today as they lay your body to rest.