An Early Reward

Discovering the face of God in the face of suffering.
by David Kovacs, LC | Source:
A split second and everything changed, forever. It must have seemed like a dream, or rather a nightmare, where time slows to a halt, and you don’t want to believe your eyes. But it was real; all too real.

Martha Oriol was as happy as a woman could be. She had married a dream of a man and had three beautiful kids. She never imagined anything happening to them.

But on November 8th, returning to their “little piece of heaven on earth, God brought them to himself after an unexplainable and unexpected accident.” In an instant of time, shorter than a kiss they had often shared, she had lost the love of her life and two of her three children. Three months later, just one word came from her still grieving heart: thanks.

“Thanks to all who have remembered us in your prayers, believing in the immense power of prayer, because this prayer is what sustains us and gives us the strength to keep on fighting with courage.”

She thanks her family “for your constant example of faith, your smiles, your encouragement, your hope… Thank you for being at my side in the moments of discouragement, when the weight of grief seems to overcome me… Thank you for being my Cyreneans, to help me endure the weight of the cross God has so lovingly placed on my shoulders.”

She expresses her gratitude to the team of medical professionals for taking care of her “with such tenderness, detail and joy.” She thanks her friends “for being authentic and true…, for opening your hearts to me, loving me and letting yourselves be loved.”

Finally, she gives thanks to God “for the gift of faith which enables us to see the meaning of human suffering; so painful, yet at the same time so marvelous. Without it we would be consumed by emptiness and despair. Thank you because, even though by taking them you have taken my dreams, my plans, my heart, my entire life, you have left me to carry this heavy cross. I thank you for giving them their great reward early; the reward of eternal happiness, which they deserved so much.”

“Thank you for leaving me my little Carmen, my joy twenty-four hours a day, so that I can touch and feel her presence in every moment. Thank you for placing in my life the most incredible man that a woman could dream of, the time I spent with him, the three years of marriage which were a dream come true, and letting me experience the miracle of motherhood.”

“Above all, I thank you because, in giving me my husband and children, I can now dream of heaven; that hug and kiss that every day I long for… forever.”

As the mystery of the Resurrection reveals, the cross does not have the final word in our lives. The cross gives way to the empty tomb; death leads to life: an everlasting day where every tear will be wiped away.

- Quotes taken from an article in Alba.
Author’s translation of qutoes from original Spanish.

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