January 17, 2014

rest in peace, anna.

I hate writing stuff like this.  I hate it when good friends are suddenly no more.  But there is a Divine plan behind all of it.  We just don't know what it is, yet.

If only human love were enough to fend off death. If only we could tear it apart with our own hands.  It doesn't belong to us, we don't belong to it, but still it weighs on our consciousness, the inevitable event of which we are constantly aware (at least us adults)…  and if only it were as easy to understand and accept as those few words were to write…

God be praised, though, death is not the end of all things.  Death is the beginning of a totally different kind of life.  In this new life, in union with our Lord, our lives are brought to fulfillment.  We were only created for one purpose, and in death, Christ offers it directly to us.  Eternal life with Him.  Death, albeit powerful, fades away in comparison to the power of the One who gives us eternal life, everlasting union with Him in love.

When Christ took the human form, his mission was clear and simple - to annihilate the bondage of death with His Love, as His disciple John so eloquently says, "For God so loved the world that a He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life" (Jn 3:16).

Without a doubt, the pain of death will still sting us and taint our earthly lives, but now we can see it through a new light because it has been transformed in Christ.  We can face it with hope and courage, because "if we have died with Him, we will also live with Him" (2 Tim 2:11).  For those who live by carrying out the mission of Christ, "to die is gain," and in leaving this mortal life, we will finally dwell with Love Himself.

Sometimes God doesn't answer our prayers.  At least not in the way we wished He would.

Our little community lost yet another beautiful person, a sister, a daughter, a friend, and a role model to so many.  A true example of humility, and perseverance, and joy in all things.

We were blessed to know her.  To be able to call her a friend.  To share the love of so many things...  C.S. Lewis, The Lord of the Rings, books in general, Elphaba from Wicked, beautiful art, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston and Jennifer Lawrence, adventure, the great outdoors, and above all, Jesus.  To grow alongside her, and to watch her grow into the stunning, fiery woman of God she was.

Rest in peace, sweet Anna.  May the angels lead you into Paradise.  And what else can I say but "welcome home."
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  1. May perpetual light shine upon her. So sorry, Iris.

  2. God speed her journey and bring you peace.

  3. Praised be God forever. May the peace of Christ be with her family and loved ones in this time of grief. We have gained another Saint. Bless you, Anna.

  4. Sorry to hear of the passing of Anna

  5. Oh, Iris, I am so sorry that you have lost a dear friend. Most sacred heart of Jesus, we trust in you. Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for you in your loss.

  6. May peace be with the family God bless and Anna will be with you daily in your heart.

  7. May God grant peace to her family and friends. Beautiful soul in heaven, forever rejoicing in His presence.

  8. May her memory shine through those who love her upon those who were never blessed with meeting her.
    My family is praying

  9. So, so sorry... Iris, how old was she? Was she in your St. Augustine group? We've been praying for her and all her friends and family.

    1. She was 22, and no. We met through SSA and stayed friends when my family started homeschooling. And we ended up at the same college. :)

  10. Oh my goodness. I'm so sorry, Iris. Praying. <3 I know how you feel... we've been experiencing recently the consequences of death of my grandpa, who was one of my best friends. Peace. ♥

  11. I am so sorry for your loss. Sometimes we don't understand His plan for us and others, but He is an amazing Lord. He light will shine through from Heaven above. Sending love and prayers.

  12. Thank you for your kind words, all. Please continue to pray for her family especially. I can only imagine how they feel.

  13. I'm so sorry. My condolences to all those whose lives she touched. :(

  14. Iris, I'm so so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful friend. Praying for you and her family. <3

  15. "God be praised... death is not the end of all things." Amen, amen.

    I'm sorry for your loss, Iris, and I will be praying for Anna's family.



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