December 10, 2016

A Mother and Her Treasure

Maria’s mother was alone in Santo Tomas Church in Batangas, Philippines. It was 3:00 in the afternoon. She was praying in front of the Tabernacle, full of resentment.

She had 13 children and her husband had recently died. She did not understand why the Lord had seen fit to take him from her. She was there, putting all of this before the Lord, crying.

Suddenly, as she would later write, there was a “glow in the Tabernacle and a loud voice telling me, ‘Is it not enough I have given you thirteen children?'”

She was “stunned” and “dazed,” “blinded by the glow.”

After several minutes, she sat down, trying to make sense of what had just happened. All she could think was that her children were a treasure.

She came away from the event with a different perspective, not only on her children, but on life. Afterwards, She never complained about her hardships, but considered herself blessed because of her family.

Source: Proctor, Sr. Patricia, OSC, 201 Inspirational Stories of the Eucharist (Spokane, Washington, The Franciscan Monastery of St. Clare, 2004) p. 246.


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