Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 in Photographs, Sacred Artifacts, Sacred People | 0 comments

“All the sins of your life seem to be rising up against you. Don’t give up hope! On the contrary, call your holy mother Mary, with the faith and abandonment of a child. She will bring peace to your soul.”

~St. Josemaria Escriva

Angry tears streamed down my face. I knelt, deep in prayer, pleading on my knees for relief from the hell my life had become. My vision narrowed, blinded by despair and anger; I bowed my head in a feeble attempt to ask for some clarity . . . some understanding of how things had gone so terrible wrong.

Then, I realized there were others in the chapel. Somehow, when I walked in the doors and down the aisle to the pew I knew so well, it had not occurred to me that I was not alone. The sound of shuffling feet, creaking benches and turning pages seemed familiar, but something different soaked into my awareness. A faint whisper from the back row reached my ears. “Shhh, please don’t cry now.” I wiped the tears from my face and looked back.

There sat a young woman, hair in disarray dressed only in a sweatshirt to protect her from the cold, winter winds. She held a small child swaddled in a blanket of blue. I watched her. Her eyes were clenched shut, her lips moving, “Hail Mary, full of grace. Our Lord is with thee…” She knew the words as I did, each line a blessing, each word in honor of the Mother of our Lord. I turned back to my prayers, “Hail Mary, full of grace. Our Lord is with thee…” Peace was finally returning to me. As I left the chapel, I stopped and placed my coat gently over the woman’s shoulders, then stepped outside, finally able to face the world again.

~Bonnie Cranmer



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