St. Maria Maravillas de Jesus
I almost can not comprehend that it has been a year today that Michael passed into eternity. Some days it feels like mere minutes ago and some days it feels like eons have passed.
I have learned a lot about myself this past year. I have encountered such kindness. I have been disappointed by some and absolutely amazed by others.
This year I was drawn to purchase a Menorah. As I researched how to correctly use it and celebrate Hanukkah I discovered that Hanukkah this year began on the day of Michael's Memorial Mass Celebration and will end on Christmas Eve.
|First Night of Hanukkah|
As I light the candles and pray the prayers I am comforted. I have always found comfort in lights and a lit candle in a window is a welcoming sign. Hanukkah reminds us of God's miraculous love for us and His willingness to give us physical signs of His love and care for us.
When I am sad and missing Michael I know that it is more for me than for him. I am happy that he is not suffering anymore. More than anything I am grateful that Michael reconciled with the Church and God and was able to find peace.
I miss you Michael and am so very grateful for all my memories of "our little life".
Lord, watch over me and those who loved Michael today.
Help us to remember the good.
Help us to remain grateful for all Your graces and comfort.