Mom passed away on Aug. 27, 2012. She has made her presence felt at least once every year since she passed away. How could I then think that there is no afterlife?
At the hour of her death, I heard her bid me goodbye. On the same day, she made her presence felt by our family.
Around her first anniversary, she made her presence felt while on a trip she had wanted our family to take for the longest time.
On her second anniversary, she "devised a plan" to have me connect with my brother like never before.
Around her third, her dressmaker made someone a gown that didn't fit the lady who ordered it, and it was brought to me mysteriously. The gown fit me perfectly, and it came at a time I needed to buy a gown for a wedding.
Many other similar occurrences have happened yearly.
I don't wish to sound like the Twelve Days of Christmas, but I have to admit it is sounding like one. Don't get me wrong. I love it! People ask me how does this happen? I don't have an answer to that. I only have conjectures - maybe because I stayed connected to her even after death, like thinking about her often in my mind.
This is only part of the whole picture.
I believe Jesus has also made His presence felt many times. Through coincidences, luck, mysterious ways... And I believe for the very same reason - that I stay connected to him. I invite him to join me at breakfast when I am alone, talk to him many times throughout the day to give thanks, pour out regrets, and ask for mercy, to pray for the many intentions of people and the world. It's a never ending conversation.
I truly believe that to anyone who connects with Jesus in his or her heart, he will listen. He will whisper. And maybe sometime, he may even shake your world.
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