Here is an everyday saint:
Gregoria Martinez, 94, might seem like your typical grandma. She made quilts for her grandchildren, encouraged them to go to church, prayed for them, and gave advice.
Except the Vernon grandma didn’t have just a handful of grandchildren when she died Tuesday.
She had nearly 300.
Ninety-eight were grandchildren; 164 were great-grandchildren and 16 were great-great-grandchildren — all descendants of her own 11 offspring…
Family and faith were her two priorities — and she insisted on talking about both with everyone. But not by telephone. “She’d say, You come to see me, face to face. You want to speak to me, you come to my house, and you drink a cup of coffee with me.”
She didn’t preach about the benefits of large families, but did believe she was brought into the world to multiply.
“You know Catholics,” said daughter Elva Jaloma.
We have all been consumed with the recent death of a certain famous Catholic politician from a certain famous Catholic family, yet in the eyes of the Lord, Mrs. Martinez has spent the past 94 years in a far more fruitful way. I’m sure that a special place in heaven is reserved for her.
Say a prayer for Gregoria Martinez, and while you are at it, it probably wouldn’t hurt to ask for her prayers.