Adoration and then into His arms

Adoration and then into His arms

Here’s a sad story: A Florida woman was killed as she was leaving Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Theresa Paglierani’s life revolved around her family and her church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, friends say.

She had stopped at the church to pray Monday when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver in the parking lot about 2 p.m., Florida Highway Patrol troopers said. She died later at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach.

The 72-year-old woman lived with her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren in Palm Coast, a family friend, Kathleen West, said at the scene Monday. The church was a large part of their lives, West said.

The last thing Paglierani did was visit the church, she said.

“She was in adoration,” a Catholic religious act acknowledging God’s supreme perfection and dominion, West said. “You sit there with Jesus.”

According to the story, she was originally a Boston native and a Red Sox fan. It’s apparently a hit-and-run. Without making light of the tragedy, I would seriously say that if you have to go, the only better way would be if you came right out of confession first. But then, this sounds like the way she lived her life.

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. And may the person who hit her find remorse and seek to make amends and take responsibility, and may they too receive mercy.

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Domenico Bettinelli