by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
I want to give public praise to Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the source of all blessings and the cause of all graces. And who loves each of us more than we can imagine, as members of His adopted family, if we be Christians.
This truth was impressed upon me in a most tremendous way 4 years ago, and I was reminded of it today.
For 4 years ago, my mother, Addolorata (Doris) Josephine Cafeo had been so reduced by dementia to such a pitiful state, having lost all her reason, that seeing her extreme suffering, I prayed to the Lord Jesus, saying, “Lord, since she cannot merit any more, since she has lost her reason, there is no point in allowing her to suffer more. I will stay at her side as long as she needs, but if you want me to go to Rome to defend Pope Benedict XVI your vicar on Earth, then give me this sign. You take care of my mom and I will care for your Church. And that I might know that this is your will, I ask you to hear this prayer in the next 20 minutes.”
I returned to my mother’s bedroom, 20 minutes later, to find her taking her last breath, and she died in my arms. It was 4:30 A. M., on the Feast of All Souls.
I was and remained stunned by the Divine Intervention.
Yesterday, on November 2, after 4 years, the rose bush in her front yard, which never bloomed all year, bloomed. She loved roses and was always caring for them so that they produce the most flowers.
This too was a sign, that she is in Good Hands, and that I should not worry about her.
Praise be Jesus Christ!
(In our family we do not presume our loved ones go to Heaven. And thus, we had 90 masses said for the repose of my mom’s soul, nevertheless. Remember to have masses said for your loved ones. You most likely will be the last ones who remember them.)