November 22, 2000
Tonight is the eve of our Thanksgiving holiday and we would like to
share a few words with you. It was just over a year ago when
you selected our family and friends to turn down a different
path. At first, it was the most difficult path we had ever
been on, but we soon realized that there was a reason for this
departure from the normal course of life. With the help of
your angels, our path became easier.
We never asked you why Mary Beth got brain cancer because it
is a question to which there is no simple answer. Since you selected
us for this journey, we have received countless blessings from
you. We want to thank you for your endless love you have
expressed through the angels you
sent to surround and support us. Thank you for these blessed
people who have come into our lives in the form of family, friends,
and strangers from all walks of
They are members of religious orders, our extended family, close friends, wonderful healthcare professionals, fellow
parishioners from Our Lady of the Pillar, our children's friends,
our childhood friends, our high school and college friends, our
children's teachers, our Saint Joseph's Academy friends, friends
we met through our
children and careers, acquaintances, friends of friends of friends
of friends, etc. and perfect strangers who we may never meet. They have spoken to
you and all the angels and saints to ask for the restoration of Mary
Beth's health if it be your will.
Collectively, we have asked so much from you in the past year and
you have responded to our prayers by granting us the miracle of Mary
Beth's life. We thank for our gifts we receive in everything
aspect of our lives. We have so many things that we
often take for granted in our lives that we want to say thank you.
is no greater force than the power of prayer and we thank you,
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, our Blessed Mother, Padre Pio, St
Peregrine, St Therese, St Rose Philippine Duchesne, St Elizabeth, St
Martin, Father Tobin, Most
Reverend Archbishop Rigali, and all the angels, saints,
clergy, and religious for improving our relationship with you.
Some say friends are like angels who help carry you when your
wings are damaged. During
the past year, you have sent us so many friends that have helped carry us with
a limitless outpouring of
loving prayer and support.
They have taken the time to care through generous selfless acts of
love. Thank you for this gift.
Words can not do justice to express our
gratitude for all you have done and continue to do for us. We
thank you from the depths of our hearts and will forever hold
you in our hearts. May you bless all who have helped us and
all who are in need of your mercy.
Happy Thanksgiving to all who are reading this. We are truly
thankful to have you in our lives.
Sheila, Mary Beth, Barbie, Heidi,
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