On Thursday, May 24, we placed a memorial plaque of Daniela Heredia in the Lourdes grotto at Mater Ecclesiae College. The memorial was celebrated with words of thanksgiving for Daniela’s life and the impact she made on each of us. We prayed the rosary, placed flowers in her honor, and sang a song to Our Lady. It is fitting that the celebration was done during the Marian month of May.
We will remember the special place that Daniela holds in our hearts. The most moving story for me is one I heard from Mrs. Heredia. She recounted a dream her friend had after the accident in which Daniela ran to the arms of Jesus. Jesus asked Daniela if she wanted to stay with him or go back to earth. She replied that she wanted to stay with Jesus and so she did. It’s not that Daniela was taken unwilling, but her preference was to be with Jesus in heaven. We all hope to one day be with Jesus in heaven too.