Sunday, December 7, 2014

Rest in peace, Carol

My husband's mother, Carol, died yesterday morning, on the Feast of St. Nicholas, four days before her 68th birthday. She died peacefully, after having received the Last Rites of the Church. She was a new Catholic, baptized and received into the Catholic Church less than a year and a half ago. 

She spent one Christmas on earth as a Christian, and will spend this Christmas with the King of Kings. As a daughter of Israel and a daughter of the Church, she is doubly blessed. 

The story of her conversion is as beautiful as it was unexpected, and I want to take some time to gather my thoughts and tell her story well. 

In the meantime, please pray for the repose of the soul of this beautiful woman, and pray for the comfort of the family she leaves behind, especially her two sons who will miss her dearly. 

Carol Sue Goldstein Miller
December 10, 1946 - December 6, 2014

May the Angels lead you into paradise; 
may the martyrs greet you at your arrival 
and lead you into the holy city, Jerusalem. 

Eternal rest grant unto Carol, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon her. 
May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


  1. Absolutely beautiful, Leila. As one of the myriads of people who was praying for her conversion, I am always in awe of God's wondrous ways. I know that you will do great justice to her story - and God bless Cecily, who helped lead the way, either knowingly or unknowingly. My very best to you and all of your wonderful family. As always, you are ever in my prayers, Kat

  2. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. (((hugs)))

  3. What a beautiful woman, and a beautiful story of "it's not too late!" Who would have known but God that she only had a year and a half left of her life. God is merciful, He knows how to use all our time that is left in our lives to the best of our souls, if we let Him. Prayers for your family.

  4. God's grace abounds. Your joy is my joy, your sorrow is my sorrow. I'll add you to my chaplet today. Love to you all at this bittersweet time.

  5. So sorry for your family's loss, Leila. Will remember her (and the rest of your family) at Mass today.

  6. May she rest in peace. And may God fill your hearts with His peace.

  7. Sorry Leila, and how wonderful. The gift of sight and hearing for things beautiful and true , no matter when it happens, but especially late, is a beautiful thing.
    ...and may perpetual light shine upon her shiny young face.

  8. That's a great photo. Beautiful woman. I'd love to hear her conversion story. I'll pray for her and all those of you who loved her.

  9. Thank you all so much! A wonderful priest that we know and love said Mass for Carol in Jerusalem on this Feast Day this morning! What a gift for a Jewish convert who never made it to the Holy Land while on earth!

  10. My sympathies to your family. She was far too young.


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