Parish Stories

St. Jude

Fort Wayne, IN Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend


“I think the Lord just came to visit me.”

Joyce Noll Racine

Late in November 2022, a woman in hospice care was looking very pensive after receiving Holy Communion. Her demeanor had dramatically changed from somewhat agitated to remarkably peaceful. 

I asked her what was going on. She replied, "I wasn't doing anything, now I am,” she replied. Then she paused and said, “I think the Lord just came to visit me." 

Her husband and I experienced a visceral sensation of peace and presence that had permeated the room. At her funeral a few weeks later, Monsignor told this story in his homily on the Gospel the family had chosen: John 6:51-58, the Bread of Life discourse.

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