Dear Friends,

This past Thursday my mom, for the second time, received the Last Rites and the Apostolic Blessing. She is failing quickly and we do not expect her to hang on much longer. We are so grateful for the comfort of the Sacraments when the most important event of life closes in.

This is not going to be easy. My mom has been so much a part of our lives…and we will miss her so.

I am reaching out to ask for prayers for her and for us. I have a couple mountains to climb after Mom is gone…and I feel like my mountain-climbing equipment is not up to par.

My sister, who lives with Mom, is disabled and has relied on my mom for spiritual, emotional and physical help. When Mom is gone, that void will be very big for her and I will need prayers to help me and her navigate.

But especially prayers for Mom. What a woman, what a Catholic example, what a warrior during a lifetime of hardship! She has been my rock…I have watched her closely through the years and hope to learn from her example.

Thank you so much for the prayers.