"He who bears his sufferings with patience for God's sake, will soon arrive at high perfection. He will be master of the world and will already have one foot in the other world.
-St. Giles of Assisi
How symbolic that on the second anniversary of Michael entering eternal life I am driving to San Antonio to spend Christmas with our children.
How happy I am that I will have two days to myself to talk to him as the miles move under my wheels. So many times we made this journey together. In some ways we still make the journey together. I talk to him all along the way!
I remember all the previous trips full of jokes, teasing, pushing on when he wanted to stop. Asking if he wanted to stop at the Cochise Stronghold. His answer was always that we would stop on the way back. We never did. We were always ready to be home.
I will visit his grave though I know he is not there. But there is something comforting about sitting there and talking with him. I know that we will share memories while there. I am sure there will be tears. I know there will be laughter.
I would be remiss if I did not thank St. Joseph for the holy and peaceful death he gave Michael. It was truly an answer to prayer. Michael bore his sufferings with patience for God's sake. I pray he has one foot in the other world.
Thank you for all the memories that you give me.
Thank you for the health to make this trip.
Give me strength for the coming year and the changes it will bring.