Angel Preserves Family Connection

A nun's faith is rewarded when her bond with her departed mother is confirmed.

By Sr. Josephine Palmeri, Morristown, New Jersey

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Everything in my life seemed better when Mom was around to share it. She loved to hear the details of my day, whether I had a funny story about one of the other nuns in my order, or good news about one of my students at the school where I taught.

“When beautiful things happen to you, it’s like they happen to me too,” she always said.

Ever since her death I kept her picture nearby, taped to the wall above the headboard on my bed. One night I stayed up late grading papers. I leaned back against the headboard and straightened the pile.

Tucked among the tests was a note from a teenaged student. “Dear Sister Josephine,” it said. “Thank you for all you’ve done to help me be a better person.”

I held the note over my head, level with the photo of Mother. As if she can actually read it, I thought. How silly! I had to laugh at myself.

A breeze blew in the window. I heard a faint crinkling above my head. Like a mosquito walking through cellophane. Something fluttered down through the air and landed on the pillow next to my head.

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