Cradled to heaven between the arms of Mary Immaculately Conceived (Dec. 8) and Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12), my beautiful grandmother, Pauline Anne Wassell, passed away this morning. +++
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her...
My grandmother lived a very good life. With my grandfather she enjoyed times of prosperity and endured times of poverty. But she accepted everything with great love. You know, I'm sure she had faults and vices just like the rest of us. She bore Original Sin, just like the rest of us. But I never witnessed any fault or vice in her. Not one. I feel so privileged to be her granddaughter.
She died a very peaceful death. For the last five years she has suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and earlier this year was diagnosed with cancer. She has been declining slowly, but ever so gracefully these past few months and I got to visit her bedside only weeks ago. It was the most beautiful visit with her I've ever encountered, even though she only said a few words.
In October her own son and my uncle, Father John, administered the Sacrament of the Sick in the presence of all her children. And last night after having flown in from the East Coast he anointed her again, on the eve of her death. All her children, including my father, are with her now. I really can't think of a more perfect, peaceful, grace-filled passing than hers. Thank you, Jesus.
Please offer prayers for her, for the consolation of her loved ones, and prayers in thanksgiving for her beautiful life and merciful death.