“I felt today how greatly a certain dying soul desired prayers. I prayed until I felt she had died. Oh dying souls are in such great need of prayer! O Jesus, inspire souls to pray often for the dying.” St. Faustina Kowalska, Diary # 1015
Divine Mercy week-end, 2012, I experienced a miracle of God’s mercy. I was singing at a Divine Mercy celebration in Lafayette, Louisiana.
After lunch, there was a man who mentioned he was so thankful he had come that day, as he almost stayed at home. He lived alone, and walked everywhere, frequently asking for rides for visits to the Blessed Sacrament at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Lafayette Louisiana.
After lunch, during the beginning of Joan and Dave Maroney’s presentation,( Mother of Mercy Messengers), this dear man, Charles Guidry, suffered a massive heart attack. He was surrounded by all of us who immediately started praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, as the paramedics arrived. Three of the priests came quickly and administered last rites and he even received an apostolic blessing as he lay on the floor. We continued to pray the chaplet as they worked on him. Mr. Guidry’s heart gave out, and he died. The paramedics tried with all their skills to revive him. He was surrounded by a “cloud of witnesses.” It was a miracle to witness such a holy death, on such a special feast in the Church, the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday.
I recalled Jesus’ words to St. Faustina, ” When they say the Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between my Father and the dying person not as the just judge, but as the Merciful Savior.” I also thought of Blessed John Paul 11 dying on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday, 2005.
We all knew that our Merciful Savior had arranged Charles’ death in this very way. My own thoughts were that he must have been such a dear soul to our Lord to die with all these graces! What a witness of the power of God’s mercy to all of us that were there. I thank and praise my God for being able to witness this miracle of His Mercy. I had just shared earlier in the morning about the importance of the sacrament of the moment, and invited the people to write down their mission statements for the rest of the days God has allowed them to live in this life. We all have been made acutely aware with those of our loved ones in grave illnesses, how short our time is here on earth.
May we all hasten to fulfill His perfect will for each of us.