It has been nearly 10 years since I have seen you. I remember the girl who was always smiling and always stunningly dressed. How sad I am that I didn’t know you better while you were here on this earth. However, your caring bridge journal has helped me to get to know you so much better. I actually now consider you my guardian angel. It was your shining example that led me back to Christ and his Church.
I found out you had passed away through facebook. How weird is that? I felt compelled to do some searching and through the wonders of google discovered your caring bridge site. Caring bridge is a wonderful organization. I used it myself when my boys were born prematurely 3 ½ years ago.
I know now that it was the Lord speaking to me that day and leading me to find your journal. I had been on the fringes of the Catholic Church for over a decade. I was baptized Catholic at the age of 14 and fell away in my early 20’s. I believed in God, but didn’t think I needed a church for my salvation. I didn’t read the scriptures, I didn’t attend mass, I didn’t partake of the Eucharist.
All of that changed after I read your beautiful words. I read your entire journal in one afternoon and was unable to think of anything else. You, your strength, your courage, your faith and your sweet family was constantly on my mind. You, a girl I had barely known over 10 years ago.
I prayed like I never prayed before. I don’t remember exactly what I prayed for. I know I prayed that if a tragedy were to ever happen to my family that I would have the same faith that you had during your journey. I know I prayed for God to let his presence be known to me. He did not let me down.
I attended Mass for the first time in years the Sunday following your miracle. I cried like a baby the entire time. I had never felt the Holy Spirit move through me like that before. It was an amazing and humbling experience.
So I began my journey back to God and Jesus Christ. I read Scripture daily, attend mass weekly, joyfully partake of the Eucharist, had my first confession yesterday and even participate in Eucharistic Adoration. I tell anyone who will listen about my journey back to my faith and about you, Robin. I always tell them about you. I hope your words and your journey can speak to so many others.
I thank you Robin for the courage you had to share your journey so publicly. I have no doubt in my mind that you are with our Lord Jesus Christ and God, the Father now. I mentioned it earlier, but I consider you my angel. Thank you for helping God to lead me back.
Andrea Boring (Graves)