Thursday, August 14, 2008

Miracles among us

Not long ago I called for prayer for a little girl named Rachel Lee from Ashburnham Massachusetts who had been diagnosed with cancer. Rachel Lee has gone to be with the Lord. Her funeral service was held yesterday at St. Joseph's Parish in Cleghorn (Fitchburg). The Sentinel & Enterprise had a beautiful story on this precious child and her zest for life. Although very sick, Rachel Lee never complained or succumbed to fear or depression.

Often, we become so used to the miraculous that we take it for granted. At each and every Holy Mass, bread and wine are transformed into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And yet, so many spend their time looking for statues that weep tears or a sun that spins in the afternoon sky. Not that those things don't happen or that they are not edifying. But the really spectacular miracles are all around us and most people never stop to reflect on this.

Recall the words of Jesus, "Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:3). Children stand in awe before the miraculous. They do not take it for granted. They trust with a simple faith.

In yesterday's Sentinel & Enterprise article, one woman lamented that they had been hoping for a miracle right up to the end. But this is really to miss the point isn't it? Jesus didn't fail to provide us with a miracle. He answered our prayers with the most magnificent miracle we could imagine. And her name was Rachel Lee.

Pray for us little one. That we too may become like children and inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.

Rachel Lee's website:


Anonymous said...

In paradisum deducant angeli,
in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres
et perducant te
in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem.
Chorus angelorum te suscipiat
et cum Lazaro, quondam paupere,
aeternam habeas requiem.

May angels lead you into paradise,
martyrs receive you at your arrival
and bring you
to the holy city Jerusalem.
May the choir of angels receive you
and with Lazarus, once a pauper,
may you have eternal rest.

Michelle said...

What a delightful little angel Paul. Thanks for sharing that. I will keep her family in my prayers.

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Thank you anonymous for that beautiful prayer which, in my humble opinion, is even more beautiful in Latin. And thank you Michelle for your prayers. May the good God richly bless you both for remembering this precious child.

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