Today I received the news that I didn’t want to hear – Christian Campuzano went home to the Lord at 9:45 PM last night. It makes it especially difficult that Christian was only 2 months old. We have been praying for him at The Catholic Truth ever since I first received word of his plight from my friend Damian Wargo on August 18th.
Over the past few months, I have been deeply touched by the outpouring of prayers and inspirational messages from people on Facebook and Twittter. Every time I would post an update, people would respond. We would rejoice when things were going well and shed tears when things were looking bleak. Even though the majority of us never met Christian and his family, we knew that he was our little brother in Christ and his mother, father and brother (Nicole, Jason and J.J.) were family also. This little boy reminded us of the fact that we are all God’s children and that we all need to pray for and love each other.
Nicole and Jason taught us what it means to trust in God’s will, even when it is difficult. When things were looking hopeless, they never gave up hope but resigned themselves to accepting God’s will. We can be sure that Our Blessed Mother Mary is watching over the Campuzanos right now. She knows all too well what it means to lose a Son and the suffering that it entails. Just as she assisted the bride and groom at the wedding in Cana and her relative Elizabeth when she was pregnant, Mary will stay with the Campuzanos and help them for the rest of their lives.
As Christians, we know that death is not the end of the story and can rejoice that today there is a new saint in Heaven. Christian’s parents had him baptized shortly after he was born, thereby wiping away his original sin and guaranteeing his entry into Heaven upon his death. We can now turn to Christian and ask him to intercede for us.
Even though we are sad because we lost a member of our family, we can take comfort in the fact that Christian is at peace tonight, running and laughing and perfectly happy with all of the angels and saints. He is free of surgeries and ventilators and is in the place where we all aspire to end up one day.
Please remember the Campuzano family in your prayers. I also encourage you to leave a comment for them on this blog entry and I’ll be sure to pass it along to them.