My brother died on the feast of Our Lady of Loreto in 1990. During that last illness the Advent readings seemed to be directed personally to him and his predicament. I always remember him, especially now during Advent. I've had other close friends die during this season, and it strikes me as a lovely time to go to meet the Bridegroom.
I've had a regular reader to my blogs ever since I began in 2006, Michael R.. Michael actually did battle brain cancer for several years; now I never hear from him. I emailed him, but no response, so I'm wondering if he has died? He sent me his story some time ago - a beautiful life, a life long struggle. His deepest desire was to be a Trappist, but he couldn't... I can't say much more, and I don't know for sure if he is dead - but I pray for him either way. Perhaps you will too.
I think Advent is a nice time to die.
"The Lord is waiting to show you favor, and he rises to pity you..." - Isaiah 30: 18.
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Art: Translation of the Holy House of Loreto