Prayers for my Mom

Saw her on Monday and she was clearly in the final stages of wrestling through whatever final things she needed to do. It was heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. Usually, my prayers feel like they are in a queue and somebody in the heavenly office is saying, “Take a number. We’ll get to it. He’s a very busy man, you know.” But as we prayed for Mom, it felt like we had the undivided attention of God. Periodically, she would startle awake, catch sight of my face or Jan’s, and smile and nod. It was almost as though she was trying to reassure us, instead of us reassuring her. We kissed her and told her we loved her and held her hand. Simple stuff, but I’m so glad we had the chance.

Today, my sister in law calls to say Mom has totally stopped eating and drinking. Everything is shutting down. She’s on morphine. I don’t think it will be very long now. Perhaps tomorrow.

This is hard. But also unexpectedly good. Please pray. And pray for my brothers and their families. Next week is very likely going to be a funeral *and* Holy Week.

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  • Greg

    God’s peace to you and your family, Mark. Praying for rest divine for all of you, in the way that He deems best.

  • Angela C.

    Prayers for everyone.

  • orual’s kindred

    Prayers being offered for your mom and your whole family!

  • jenny

    I pray for her…..

  • Chase

    Mark, your family is in my prayers. And of course your mom. God bless y’all!

  • Mary Alice

    Mark, I’ve put a reminder on my phone to pray for your Mom and your whole family. May God grant her a peaceful and holy death and surround all of you with His love. Yes, you probably will have quite a Holy Week, but I pray that the graces will abound.

  • You and your mom will continue to be in my prayers.

  • Gary Keith Chesterton

    Hang in there brother.

  • MarylandBill

    I will say an extra prayer for your mother and your entire family tonight at Stations of the Cross. I know it will be a somber Easter for you, but at the same time, hopefully Easter will also comfort you.

  • Kathleen

    Prayers up for you, your Mom and entire family.

  • Bill Burns

    My father will shortly be making the same journey. May God comfort all of you now.

  • Veronica

    I’m sorry to hear that. I’ll pray for your mom and your family.

  • Loretta

    May the most clement Virgin Mary, Mother of God, the most loving consoler of the afflicted, commend to her Son the soul of this servant, so that through her maternal intercession she may not fear the terrors of death, but in her company may joyfully enter the desired heavenly home. And to her family, peace. Amen.

  • singermomma

    Prayers for you and your family, Mark.

  • Francisco J Castellanos

    So sorry brother. May Our Lady and St. Joseph comfort her and take her safely to Jesus.

  • anna lisa

    Praying for your Mom and family Mark.

    How Motherly of her to try to comfort you in your sorrow. There’s nothing in this world like a good Mom. God Bless all of you.

  • che

    Eternal memory. Eternal memory. Grant to your servant, O Lord, blessed repose and eternal memory.