Meditation on the Glorious Mysteries after the Death of a Dear Friend, on the Feastday of the Guardian Angels

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, Whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a Price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.”

It is an amazing things to watch someone transform into a Saint before your very eyes. It is an amazing and glorious thing to witness a weak and dying body alive and alight with God and in God. It is a thing full of wonder and awe that the house of a sick woman be a place of peace and joy, a locus of mercy and compassion. The miracle of Resurrection, the mystery of the Ascension, and the sure hope of the Assumption were on full display as she worked to save soul after soul, including her own, during her own painful transition. In all things, she was a true dwelling of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit, as radiant and splendid as the Blessed Mother on Pentecost – truly, an earthly creature who did not know how not to be beautiful.

Now her Guardian Angel has led her from death to life, where she sees the Angels of her family and friends hover around them; where she sees the Queen of the Angels command them as her own heavenly host, the Queen of the May awaiting prayers to bring to her Son to aid them in their timely help; where she sees the Holy Spirit move where He will, dancing among souls, wafting around Angels, and bringing life to all things that have being. And she laughs a song.

Most holy Mother, Queen of the Angels, never let us tire of seeing the Holy Spirit at work in ourselves and each other. Remind us that we too are destined for assumption into royal glory, and resurrection into fullness of life. And guide us, along with our Angels, through the trials of this life that our faith gives us the grace to endure for the greater glory of God.

“I have reached the point of not being able to suffer any more, because all suffering is sweet to me.” – Saint Therese of Lisieux, Sept. 30, 1897

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