I learned today that a women my wife and I knew from our parish had died recently. Pearl was elderly and had been sick during the last year. She was a wonderful women who outlived two husbands and was a cradle Catholic. We met her while going through RCIA. She was living in an apartment building close to our Church (the same Church she had been married in) and during the years became a sponsor to multiple people for RCIA. She would evangelize both lapsed Catholics and others and get them to attend RCIA. She was quiet and unassuming but her life spoke volumes. So if your could offer a prayer or two to speed her on the way I would appreciate it.
Your comments about Rose reminded me of this article from This Rock about another quiet, elderly evangelist named Cynthia. May they both rest in peace.
Although the fan fair wasn’t seen by those who loved Rose here on earth, I’m sure Heaven has welcomed another quiet saint. Eternal blessings and happiness to Rose.
Mia, what a beautiful article – thank you for sharing. And Jeff, I will indeed pray for Pearl’s repose. I know a number of ladies at our parish who also quietly evangelize; I think my mom is becoming one of them 🙂
“Babushka Gold,” is what I just heard the other day, of a bishop referring to his elderly faithful women who kept the faith alive in the days of the Soviet Union. Churches were desecrated while these women knelt in prayer day after day. These plain but faithful women were who the young people turned to when trying to recapture what was nearly lost.
Pearl celebrates in the Kingdom with them.
I thank Pearl, and all our elderly, who pray for all of us early in the mornings, at the Blessed Sacrament on aging knees and on their rosaries as they fall asleep.
You are the real treasure of the Church.
“Perpetual Light shine upon her!”
“And, may Pearl and all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”
I suspect (hope and pray) Pearl is in a better position evangelize and assist folks through RCIA at your parish now than she was before.