My mother's funeral took place yesterday. I was the chief celebrant and preached. The week following her death was very difficult for me, but I was conscious of the power of prayer - not only my own - but especially the prayers of others offered both for my mother and my family and myself. I received a profound peace some days before the funeral - and my sister tells me that she also received a similar gift before the funeral. St. Therese was one of my mother's favourites and I believe we received special graces when the relics came to our diocesan cathedral which helped to prepare my mother for her final illness and death. There have been other "signs" which are more than the imaginings of bereavement. Above all, I am very conscious of being upheld by the prayers of others, and so I am posting this to thank those who so kindly prayed and had masses offered. May God continue to bless all of us with His wonderful graces.