Love One Another! 8/2007 → Christian family
“Suffering accepted and borne together with others is joy”
Last summer, my family and I drove out to visit my godfather in the village where I was born. He is the husband of my deceased father’s sister, the last remaining member of that side of my family. My aunt is eighty-two years old and has been bedridden for three years. All this time my uncle has been looking after her. I was so impressed and charmed by what I saw that I just have to tell you about him.
My uncle is eighty-eight years old, enjoys robust health, and is
full of good humor. He has an excellent memory and is a marvelous
storyteller; and he has things to relate, for he has survived two
world wars and a concentration camp. He says he has prayed all his
life, especially in hard times. He always wears a holy medal — the
childhood gift of his mother. He says prayer is raising oneself
to God, directing one’s thanks and petitions to Him. He prays
with my aunt, though praying the rosary and the litanies is becoming
increasingly difficult for her, as she is losing her memory. It
sounds awful, but my aunt is turning into a “vegetable.”
But not for my uncle. With true devotion, he washes her, changes
her napkins, dresses her, feeds her — and always without any
show of impatience. He has lived with her for sixty years and loves
her still. Having watched them, I can state that the Sacrament of
Matrimony is a gift, but it is also a pledge of caring for the other
to the end of one’s days.
I envy my aunt and would like to be treated like her one day. In our shallow, arid world such an uncle shines out like a diamond. I wish him good health. I am so proud of him.