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{January 24, 2011}   The Wonder of Mass Cards

I wasn’t brought up in the Catholic religion (I was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist church), but I’ve always believed in God and the power of prayer.  I do have many Catholic friends, however, who sent me lovely Mass cards on the occasion of my father’s death.  Many other members of my family received them as well.

I had never received one before, and I was initially struck by their gold-tinged artwork and the lovely prayers that were printed on the cards.  But as more cards came in, I was pleasantly surprised at how much comfort they provided to me; I felt sure my father was in the best hands possible.  Although my dad was not a religious man, he was a spiritual man, and we found notes indicating that he was praying often in his last years.  Prayer is the perfect gift.

I supposed that the Mass cards are for those left behind, rather than him.  And if that’s true, they worked.  I visualized my father moving to the front of the line to see the Lord, so to speak, and he was smiling and grateful, without pain.  Somehow I could feel it — the warmth and light created from all those prayers — and I knew he was being taken care of and at peace.

I remain thankful and grateful to all who sent them and for all the prayers being said in his honor.



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