12 years ago, my wife, Karen, died from a disease that took her way too young. Though we were only married for 3 years, we knew each other also for 12 years. During that time, we met many amazing people through EWTN, traveled to 23 states and 2 Canadian provinces (Ontario and Quebec), and grew closer to Our Lord, His Mother, and each other. God has truly blessed us.
The month of October is the month of the Most Holy Rosary, Protection of the Unborn, of Divine Mercy and the Little Way/Lesser Brothers. Consider the feasts we just celebrated and will celebrate this month.
1. St. Therese de Lisieux
2. Guardian Angels
4. St. Francis of Assisi
5. St. Faustina
7. Our Lady of Victory aka Feast of the Holy Rosary
8. Our Lady of Good Remedy
11. St. John XXIII – New Pentecost
13. Anniversary of the Last Apparition of Fatima
15. St. Teresa of Jesus
16. St. Margaret Alacoque (Sacred Heart Devotion)
18. St. Luke – Mary’s Evangelist
22. St. John Paul II – Totus Tuus/Mercy Pope
It is as if October was chosen for Karen. Very Franciscan in her spirituality, she would talk to the deer, and feed the ducks and horses. She very much loved Our Blessed Mother and had a deep respect for priests. She loved St Therese and would often receive roses. Our prayer life consisted of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Rosary from the day we met. On the last day of her life, I found myself praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet repeatedly as the medical team gave her CPR (I was permitted to be in the room with her contrary to hospital policy).
Today, in Europe and South America, the Feast of Our Lady of Good Remedy is celebrated. We learned of this devotion from Mother Angelica in 1999 and prayed it daily afterwards. Mother had learned of the devotion in Columbia, South America, where she earlier received the inspiration to build the “temple” now in Hanceville, AL. Mother’s sisters pray the novena to Our Lady of Good Remedy every morning along with Morning Prayer that the needs of the sisters and the network would be met. Both Mother and Karen received healings that year and attribute them to this devotion. Our visit with Mother occurred the week following Mother’s healing which allowed her to walk and even dance without the braces. She could wear shoes again! Karen had brain surgery to reduce the number be seizure she was experiencing. No medication was helping. A successful surgery would have been a 60% reduction in her seizures. From April of 1999 even to the day of her death in 2006, she experienced no seizures. She at times had 200 plus in a year.
In her memory, I invite my friends to join me in praying the Novena to Our Lady of Good Remedy found here.
The picture above really captures what Karen was all about. May she rest in peace and celebrate the heavenly banquet with the angels and saints.