The day started with speaking to the FCJC youth about vocations, marriage, and dating at Saint Catherine in Vallejo. But the highlight of the day occurred shortly after as I made my visit to Myra’s family at Kaiser hospital. When Myra and A.J. arrived back from Mass, we made our way to order dinner at Pizza Hut. As we waited, we stopped into the Mexican bakery next door for some delicious pastries. As we sat, Myra posed the question to me about her grandfather as he reaches the final moments of his life, “Did you ask my grandpa to pray for you?“
Death is a very beautiful event as the dying person embraces the reality that he is about to meet God. Death is not the end of life. Life has only changed. We shared how we are pilgrims on this life making our way home to the Father and Myra’s grandfather is about to experience this awesome reality in the hours to come.
Upon our return, we munched on the pizza in the Waiting Room. Afterwards, I said goodbye to her grandfather and I asked him to pray for me when he gets to heaven. After all, he’s on the fast-track to God. I accompanied Myra’s grandmother back to the Waiting Room, but before she left she told lolo that she would leave him to go eat. He quickly awakened from rest and his eyes opened wide. It hit me! When God calls us to himself, the sound of his voice – the sound of true love calling – we are awaken, we rise from our graves and we run to him who has prepared many mansions in heaven for us. Let us chase each other to heaven as lolo now meets Mary and the saints to worship the Triune God!