Who smiles like this at the moment of death?

Who smiles like this at the moment of death?

Sister Cecilia, of the Carmel of Santa Fe in Argentina, witnessed to her love for Christ in her struggle with lung cancer

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[Hat-tip to gpmtrad]

Aleteia
June 25, 2016

Death is a tragedy for mortal man, and yet with faith in eternity and anticipation of the embrace of our heavenly Father, death becomes radiant.

We share today the news of the death of Sister Cecilia, a Carmelite of Santa Fe in Argentina, who suffered from lung cancer. She astonished those who surrounded her in her agony, as her face was transformed by a tender smile as she closed her eyes to this world. As you can see in the photograph, she looks like a lover who has arrived to the encounter she has long been yearning for.

The Carmel of Santa Fe announced the death of Sister Cecilia to their brothers and sisters and friends of the Carmel, with a brief, but profound, note.

Dear brothers, sisters and friends:

Jesus! Just a few lines to let you know that our very dear little sister has softly fallen asleep in the Lord, after an extremely painful illness, which she always endured with joy and surrender to her Divine Spouse. We send you all of our affection, thankful for your support and prayer during this time that is so sorrowful and yet also so marvelous. We believe that she flew directly to heaven, but all the same, we ask that you do not fail to pray for her. From heaven, she will reward you.

A warm embrace from your sisters of Santa Fe

Translated from the Spanish.

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All photos via página de la Curia General de los Carmelitas Descalzos on Facebook

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2 comments on “Who smiles like this at the moment of death?

  1. Thank you, Tom, for your professionalism in posting this magnificent article.

    What a stunning testimony to how God cherishes His most devoted religious.

  2. From a Traditionalist priest friend in Spain:

    As far as I can tell, +Sr. Celia María belonged to the Discalced Carmelites of the Monasterio de Santa Teresa y San José, Santa Fe, Argentina: Carmelo de Santa Fe:
    San José y Santa Teresa
    Av. López y Planes 4108
    S 3002 DNT Santa Fe (Pcia. de Santa Fe)
    Tel.: (0342) 453 7671
    carmelostafe@ciudad.com.ar
    carmelosf@ciudad.com.ar

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