How Loss Brought One Man Back to the Faith

Have you ever experienced something devastating or tragic, something that changed your life forever, but when you looked back you realized that some good came out of it? Perhaps you can think of such a time. It might be any number of things: a health crisis, the loss of a job or a relationship, or even the death of someone you love. Through the heartbreak and pain that we experience, we can often see how God has worked to bring a glimmer of light in the darkness.

Larry from Minnesota called The Patrick Madrid Show to share such an experience. He told Patrick, “I’ve been listening to you for the last four years. I lost my wife four years ago.”

Larry had always been a Catholic and had always believed in God, but he had fallen out of practice with his Faith for many years. He says that while his wife prayed the Holy Rosary almost every day, he just wasn’t practicing the Faith.

He was emotional as he told Patrick that his wife’s death restored his Faith. It was the wake-up call he needed to become a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church. “I go to church every Sunday and I try to do everything I can for everybody else. But if it wasn’t for my wife I wouldn’t be talking to you right now,” said Larry.

He recognizes now that the pain of losing his wife, Darlene, has given him the gift of a stronger relationship with God.

“She restored my faith. There was a reason for her passing, if only so I could do what I need to do to get to heaven,” said Larry.

Patrick promised his prayers for Darlene’s soul and reflected on Larry’s words. “It gives me the shivers the pain that spouses go through when one loses the other, but it’s part of the cross,” said Patrick. “And the Via Dolorosa leads to heaven where all tears will be wiped away and we will be reunited with our loved ones.”


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Lindsey Kettner serves as a Digital Media Producer at Relevant Radio®. She is a wife, mother, and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she studied journalism and advertising. She writes daily at relevantradio.com and on the free Relevant Radio mobile app.