Here is what I wrote:
As you probably guessed, my dear friend - my prayer warrior - did eventually go home to Jesus. I have no doubt that, even now, she continues to pray... for souls... for you and for me. Please continue to pray for her. May God bless you!I met her not long after I moved to the area (where I lived at the time). I was a cop then, distracted by many things, and still a number of years away from allowing the Light of Christ to begin to dispel the darkness in my soul.This woman seemed always to be at prayer. She led the Rosary before Mass. She led us in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament every Monday evening, a Holy Hour in reparation for our sins and the sins of the whole world. It was she who taught me to, after receiving Jesus in the Eucharist, place Him in the arms of His Mother, Mary.Whenever I would see her, this wonderful woman would smile from ear to ear, open her arms wide and say, "I need my hug," the Light of Christ shining through her eyes!My prayer warrior has been confined to a bed for the past eight months, since she was involved in a car accident on Ash Wednesday. Surgery... Infection... Extended stays at the hospital... I think one of the first and most powerful sufferings she endured was her inability to attend any of the services held during the Triduum this year. Her suffering has continued, as she has been moved from the hospital (with only a brief stay at home) to a nursing home. Actually, this is the second nursing home...As I stood beside her bed last Sunday evening, I knew that she was in pain. Her hip hurt her so that she could hardly sit up to eat. She has a new infection now and is recovering from pneumonia. As we talked only briefly of these sufferings, her eyes lit up as she looked at me and said, "I'm offering it all up!" I knew in an instant that she was.As promised, I returned to see her on Monday evening. As I sat at the foot of her bed, she led us in the prayer of the Holy Rosary and I found myself lifted out of that place. As I listened to her voice, I could see us there before the Tabernacle once again. In the Presence of God...Please pray for my 'prayer warrior,' as she continues to pray for all of us. Especially dear to her heart are the Holy Souls in Purgatory who have no one to pray for them. I thank God for my 'prayer warrior' and all those who fight alongside her for the salvation of souls. These precious ones teach me what it really means to pick up my cross each day and follow Christ!Following the example of the prayer warriors in our lives, may we continue to grow in holiness and one day become the saints God is calling us to be!
Praised be Jesus Christ!!