Have you ever loved anyone passionately,
If not, please skip to the next story.
This real-life story can only be read
those who were or are in love.
Father Francis Juaregny had just finished
celebrating his First Solemn High Mass
the chapel of the convent where his
had lived. Mother Superior approached
the moment he entered the sacristy
gave him a letter. The moment he saw
handwriting on the envelope, his heart
'Yes, your sister wrote this letter
a few days before she died', said Mother.
'She asked me to give it to you only
become a priest after your first mass....'
You can imagine how eager this young
was to read the letter of his dead
She had died very young just two years
This was her last message for him.
wanted him to read it after his first
He ripped upon the envelope and ...
Bless me. Bless me after you have blessed
our mum. I too am the mother of your
and your priesthood.
Listen. Three years ago you came to
me and I could sense deeply, very deeply,
that you had serious doubts whether
your road to the priesthood or not.
remember how uncertain you were, how
questions you had in your mind and
that day? When I spoke to you, you
stared at me and you left ... without
me much hope.
I felt so bad to see you in such a
I perceived that God, to save your
and your faith, was asking of me a
a great sacrifice. That day I went
in the chapel before Jesus and said
"Jesus, I know that this is all
of love. If you wish, take my love,
my life, but please, please, grant
brother becomes a priest, a holy priest."
I thank you for the great sacrifice
in my life... that I may die of love
your vocation, for your priesthood.
you for opening heaven for me so early.
Now I wait in heaven, expecting that
day I will meet you and all those brethren
whom you and I will have saved, you
your priesthood, I through my sacrifice.
We shall soon meet again... for ever
Francis Juaregny burst into tears when
read this letter. That moment he understood
Later, he asked his superiors to go
all his life as a missionary in Alaska.
Suffering is a ladder which leads many
Make use of it!
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