Family Take Home

All Saints for All Souls

It was a cold October night when my grandfather passed away. I remember that night like a surreal dream. We had expected it; he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease when I was in high school, and as he grew older, his muscles deteriorated. The week leading up to his passing, he had contracted pneumonia, and beyond the statistical unlikelihood of his recovery, my heart just knew.

It’s funny, I don’t remember the journey home to be with my family after his passing, but what stands out vividly in my memory is how profound that night he left this world was for me, even 1,200 miles away. I had been invited to a prayer service and went out of sheer necessity. Upon arriving, a friend of mine asked if she could include my grandfather in the petitions and without hesitation, I agreed. It’s hard to put into words what happened that…

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Rachel Penate

Rachel Peñate graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2012 with a degree in Education. After graduation, Rachel taught High School English and History and now serves as the Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Life Teen. Although Rachel will tell you, first and foremost, she is a Wisconsin girl at heart, she loves living in the beautiful desert and, even more, serving the Lord through this beautiful movement. In her downtime, Rachel loves writing, reading, running, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, and spending time with her sweet family. You can follow her on Instagram @r_penate and Twitter @LT_rachelp.