I received some sad news today. The woman who made the most beautiful rosaries I have ever seen or used died, under tough circumstances.
I spoke with her daughter tonight and told her that I would ask for prayers. I ask the entire readership now, please, to stop and to say a pray for Gayle.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace.
May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
I am sure that, despite all the hard things towards the end, Our Blessed Mother will have held her protecting mantle over Gayle. A small thing brings this to a strong surety in me, which I can relate.
Back in the 90’s – back in the days of the Catholic Forum on CompuServe! – I urged and helped Gayle to start an online biz for her rosaries, which she did and it was pretty successful. Gayle didn’t have a lot of peace, not for a long number of years. She did, however, have “Queen of Peace Rosaries”.
I cannot but think that the Queen of Peace will help Gayle to heaven.
By the way, I think now that there are other “Queen of Peace” rosaries. They aren’t Gayle’s, that’s for sure.
Now for the “small thing” to relate…
For a couple years now I have daily carried about one of those “Combat Rosaries” made by a priest friend which have become so visible and so popular. However, yesterday at O’Dark Hundred as I readied myself for my trip (presently underway), instead of grabbing the gun-metal Combat Rosary for my pocket as usual, out of the blue I picked up that worn leather pouch with the only rosary I have now from Gayle.
Perhaps Our Blessed Mother, the Queen of Peace, steered my hand to that pouch long before dawn this morning, for probably Gayle was dying And so I had it with me when I got the news.
Pretty often I would tell Gayle that I had given yet another one away. I would sometimes run into people who were in serious situations, or who were on the cusp, shall we say. Something just sparked in me and I’d spontaneously give them my rosary. And we are talking about some pretty darn nice rosaries, too. On more than a few occasions I heard back that they made a difference.
I shan’t be giving this one away. No siree. And I’ll remember Gayle in my prayers.