Just received a phone call from one of Heidi’s daughters informing me that Heidi (also known around CAF by the name of “Spiritualunity”) passed away in the hospital earlier this evening at about 5:00 p.m. Texas time. Her other daughter had been visiting Heidi at her apartment when it became apparent from Heidi’s health that an ambulance needed to be called urgently. A priest came to the hospital to administer the Last Rites; Heidi’s condition by then was unknown as only the priest was allowed to enter the hospital ward at that point, and not any family members. In any case, it was well-known how highly she valued the Sacraments and had every intention of availing herself of them whenever she could.
Having first learned of Heidi here in the Prayer Intentions section of the forum back in June of 2008 and gotten to know her that July, I would say it was a miracle (the mercy of God, many miracles, and many prayers from the Prayer Warriors here) that she was able to survive all that time even from that time until now. Along with suffering severe health conditions, she battled homelessness, poverty, and more … and what’s more, heroically. For a time, she headed a CAF Social Group called “Christian Resignation / Surrender” and would often post inspirational insight, quoting saints as well as speaking from the heart about her own experiences. She would pray for people here, though not always have the ability to post to each thread.
As for me, Heidi was a friend both on the internet as well as off the internet … the kind of friend to remember and celebrate birthdays and Christmas, talk on the phone, send a card, be there to share good times and bad. We got to know each other quite well in real life despite living far away in different states. And while we met on CAF, considered ourselves to be best friends in the true sense of the word, way above and beyond the forums.
Heidi was always interested in prayers for her salvation, and I know would appreciate prayers for the repose of her soul, and for her surviving family members including two daughters and three grandchildren.
Thank you for the kindness of your prayers,
~~ the phoenix