This morning I was very surprised to receive an email from a gentleman I haven't seen in over 28 years. He came across my blog. Marty was head of the Catholic Evidence Guild in NY City, which I belonged to for a while before I entered the convent. He's still busy evangelizing but now he does it on the Internet and has brought several people into the Church.
But he mentioned that another member named Kathleen died around the late 80's. I had lost contact with her and feel bad that I didn't know it before now. She couldn't have been more than 50 when she died, but she had diabetes and it took its toll.
Kathleen had married a fine man, Ray, and had a difficult pregnancy while expecting their first child. Due to her health complications, her little boy Augustine died a few days after birth. Of course they had had him baptized right away. I remember Kathleen telling us about it at a meeting where we were discussing heaven. Through her tears she said that while we were talking about the beatific vision, this little baby who lived such a short life was already enjoying it. Now I'm sure that Kathleen is right up there with Augustine enjoying it too. I hope she's praying for me and all of us who are still pilgrims along the way.
Thank you, Kathleen, for being one of the gifts in my life.