By: Sister Carmelina, O.C.D.

St. Therese once said: “This world is our ship, not our home.” In the Church’s year, November is dedicated specially to pray for the dead and reflect upon our own death: reflecting upon the letter to the Hebrews: “All these died in faith, not having received what was promised, but having seen it and greeted it from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city.” (Heb.11:13-16) All the Saints encourage us to detachment from things of this world so that we are ready to ‘slip the surly bonds of earth and touch the face of God.” (John Gillespie Magee, Jr. “High Flight”)

Mother Luisita was a faithful wife who gently and lovingly stood by her dying husband, assisting him in his preparation to meet God. And as she came to the end of her own life, in which she frequently reflected upon her own death, God was faithful to her. Her community was firmly established in both Mexico and the United States. She had put everything in order and was blessed to have her daughters around her and to receive Viaticum and a final blessing by her Eucharistic Lord. She could not have desired more. Having lived faithfully, God was faithful to her right up to her last moments. May we all be so blessed.