I love you. I love you. I love you. You are my most dearest. How can we ever thank you for all that you are and do? You have blazed a trail before us. You have walked the road to Calvary and back many times for your children. You offered to take my sufferings and you did. You stood watch diligently over our little bodies and souls for so many years. Mothers are so beautifully fascinating. They give without thinking day after day with so much HOPE that it is making a difference in the lives of their children. You took on my sufferings with Lourdes. Will I do the same? Will I ask God to be sick so that my child might be spared? Will I ask God to give me what might have been given to my child or grandchild? Look at you! You did it! You stayed the course and fought the fight for Christ. You sat with Jesus everyday during your illness and did not turn your back on Him even in those days where He seemed so silent. You sat and loved and trusted that HIS plan is better than yours. You have asked Our Lady over and over to watch over your children and lead them to heaven.
You are not afraid to watch your children carry heavy crosses. I hope I can be the same. You are not afraid because you LOVE much. You trust that God will see them through. In that love, you are not afraid to ask to carry the cross for them. Look what you did for me and little Lourdes.
Thank you for suffering. Thank you for teaching us all the right things namely our Catholic faith, service to others for Christ, the value of the sacrament of Confession and STARTING OVER, saying "I'm Sorry. Please forgive me." My very favorite though is the wonderful value of each and every person you encounter. For heaven's sake, you wrote thank you notes to the cafeteria people who cooked your meals for you while you were in the hospital. You taught us to see Christ in everyone and namely those who are often overlooked. Thank you. I am always looking for Jesus everywhere because of you.
I thought this described you perfectly. You have fought for your children in all the right and important ways for the next life.
Thank you for being the MOST perfect mother.