Today, November 1, 2011 is All Saints Day. Happy All Saints Day!
It is a day when many Catholics remember the saints like Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, Saint Therese of the little flower, to name a few. We remember and celebrate their inspiring lives.
Every saint has his or her specialty. For instance, if something is lost, we pray to St. Anthony to help us find it. If we have a special wish in our heart, we pray to St. Therese to give us a sign of flowers. There are saints, like Saint Jude who specialize in helping the sick. Some may find it strange that we ask saints to intercede and help us in our daily lives, but this is part of the mysticism of being a Catholic. I like to call it the fun part!
In 2008 my family and I were fortunate enough to meet Sister Theresing Castillo (Teresita Castillo). On September 12, 1948, when she was living in the convent in Lipa, Batangas she first encountered the Virgin Mary (Lady of Lipa, Mediatrix of All Grace). Sister Theresing had numerous visits with the Virgin Mary and she and the convent experienced a miracle, a shower of rose petals.
The Catholic Church is currently looking at her encounters with our Lady and seeing if Sister Theresing will be canonized a living saint.
Sister Theresing is now a lay person but she use to be a nun. Her mission in life is to help the sick and people in need.
When we met Sister Theresing in 2008 my father was sick and dying of cancer. We were hoping for a physical healing of his deadly illness, but we got something even better. She counseled our family and helped my father and mother forgive each other. With the act of forgiveness they were able to “heal our family” by reaffirming their marriage vows and love for each other.
When my father had his last breath in the hospital Sister Theresing was with our family till the end.
Happy All Saints Day! May you all have a wonderful day!