I had passed her many times before, we always smile at one another, but I had never taken the opportunity to speak to her. A small lady with soft gray hair, she couldn’t be any taller than about 5’1”. She has such a peaceful presence about her that you can’t help but take notice.
Like me, she walks everyday. And everyday, in her right hand, she holds a beautiful golden crystal rosary that sparkles magnificently in the sun, silently drawing the attention of anyone that might pass by. As she walks, her fingers work the beads as she lifts her prayers to the Lord. The sight of her silent witness moves my heart.
On this particular day, as we passed one another, I was moved to speak to her. “I can’t help but notice that every time I see you, you are saying your rosary. It always gives me such pleasure.” Gently, she lifted the golden beads to her lips and in a most reverent fashion she kissed them. “This one is for you”, she said. I felt so humbled, “thank you”, was all I could say.
We both continued our separate ways, no longer strangers, but spiritual sister in Christ , bonded through the love of our Lady.
"Dear children! God is allowing me along with
Himself to bring about this oasis of peace. I wish to call on you
to protect it and that the oasis always be unspoiled. There are
those who by their carelessness are destroying the peace and the
prayer. I am inviting you to give witness and by your own life to
help to preserve the peace. Thank you for having responded to my
call." BVM, Medjugorje, June 26, 1986