It's Never Too Late by Chris

 In a previous post back in January, I wrote about our friend Alberto and how the Lord was working to soften his heart and how he was turning back to the Lord.  Here is the link if you didn't read it yet: Alberto turns over a new leaf.  Well, I am sad to inform you that our friend Alberto has passed away.  There was part of us that was surprised as it did seem as though his health was getting better.  When we received the news, we went to go visit his cousin, who lived in the house behind his.  We had a nice visit and she filled us in on the details about when the funeral would be and when and where he would be buried.  We arrived at the funeral home and were blessed to be able to meet Alberto's sister and some of her family that was able to make it in from New Jersey where they live.  Many people showed up to pay their respects and to say "Goodbye" to their dear old friend.  One of the deacons was able to come and give a nice service where he reminded us all that one day we will all return back to the dust from which we came.  He called us all on to repent and to turn back to the Lord.  Here is a photo of the service:

We were able to share with Alberto's family about the beautiful story of his redemptive suffering and how the Lord softened his heart and how he had received Anointing of the Sick and was able to go to confession with our local priest.  He also was attending daily mass before he passed away.  Alberto was also able to tell his cousin that he loved her before he passed away as well.  The way the Lord worked in Alberto near the end of his life was a powerful testimony for his family and they were very glad to hear about it.  Alberto had a very difficult life and he is now in a much better place where there is no more pain and suffering.

Here is photo of Alberto, may he rest in peace!

After about 4 hours at the funeral home, we made our way over to the cemetery where he would be laid to rest.  Here is a photo of his final resting place in their mausoleum.  All of the people at the cemetery here are buried above ground, like in Louisiana.

We were super blessed to be able to get to know Alberto and to allow the Lord to use us in whatever way to help him along on his journey home.  It was also very impactful for myself and for each member of our family how Alberto showed each of us that "It is never too late" to turn back to Our Lord.  The theme here in the Diocese of Mayaguez, where Aguada is part of, for this Lenten Season is "Return back to the arms of the Father".  It was lovely to see how Alberto did that right before our very eyes.  I am sharing this with each of you as a sign of hope and renewal that Jesus can do the same with each of us and with everyone that we know and's never too late!!!  Have a blessed Holy Week and Easter Season!!!

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