Because It Was Her Favorite Christmas Song, Because It Was The Prayer That Gave Her Strength In Life…

In Memory Of My Mother

Margaret Mae Dineen Tyson

7/21/1926-Died 12/13/2009

Silent Night


Hail Mary, full of grace.

Our Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,


Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners,

now and at the hour of our death.


My mother was a lifelong devout Catholic. At the end of her life she saw Mary sitting on the bed holding her hand. I see no reason to doubt these visions and miracles. Death is a holy mystery, and I offer this song and this prayer up to my mother, whom I love with all my heart, now, and at the hour of her death. Amen.

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  1. What a lovely tribute, thank you for sharing it with us.
    Courage, strength, and peace as you walk this part of your journey

  2. What a beautiful tribute to your mother you have written. You make me stop and think. Your mother was born the same year as my mother.
    Best wishes

  3. A very lovely tribute. Thinking of you very much –

    xxx Lidian

  4. that was a great tribut to your mother.My condolences on you loss.I will keep the both oy you in my prayers.

  5. I’m so sorry. What a beautiful tribute to your mother.

    You and yours will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. beautiful tribute to your mother. may her spirit rise up and greet the goddess…hugz!

  7. Mother Maitri, i am so sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept my sincerest and deepest condolences.

    what a beautiful tribute for your mom whose faith never faltered until her last breath! rest assured that i will include you and the repose of your mother’s soul in my prayers.


  8. I am so sorry for your tragic loss Maitri. No matter how old we are, it is always too soon to lose our moms. I pray that you are able to find the joy in Christmas this year despite your loss. Know that she is with you always!

  9. So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you every day.

  10. I’m so sorry for your loss.
    You both went through so much the last years, growing to more understanding.

    Silent night is a beautiful song, full of meaning.

    I wish you a lot of strength through this time full of pain and memories.

  11. Holy Mary, Mother of God,
    pray for us sinners,
    now and at the hour of our death.

    While I am sad for your loss and I offer up my prayers for you and your mother, I am glad to hear of your mother’s vision.

    Hang in there.

  12. I know she is now resting in God’s loving arms… My condolences…

  13. So sorry for your loss. Your mother would be proud of the lovely tribute you’ve written for her.

  14. I am so sorry for you loss. My condolences and prayers for you and your mother.

    this is a great tribute to your mother.

  15. I believe your mother will never be far away. She’ll always be dearly close to your heart.

  16. Sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences.

  17. Oh Maitri, I remember when my mother passed and I feel for you. You will so miss her physical presence on earth. But in some ways this is a relief because you knew she was ready for it, and her suffering is ended so you don’t have to worry about it any more. Thinking of you this Christmas.

  18. Maitri,

    We’re thinking of you and sending strength and prayers your way this holiday season.

    Love, Beth and Jane

  19. Beautiful Maitri…a miracle that she saw Mary sitting w/ her…seems real possible to me…it must have been so extraordinarily peaceful..and a tribute fit for a Queen…blessings to you and your family…my sincere and deepest condolences..

  20. Yes. I too agree with the rest, it is such a lovely tribute you wrote here. My sincere and deepest condolences for the loss of your loving mum and pray that you are doing ok there even without her around. As you mentioned in your writing you will watch the the twinkling stars, perhaps among the stars will be her winking at you from above to look upon you dearest Maitri.

    Hugs to you too.

  21. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing..a beautiful tribute indeed..

  22. your mother is with you now, comforting and guiding you always. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts Maitri. Peace and Strength to you now and always dear friend.

  23. I came from Mike Golch blog to keep you in my prayers for the loss of your mother.

  24. Lovely tribute. My condolences and hugs…

  25. beautiful tribute to your mother. I know she is proud of you.

  26. I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. I know it has been a long hard struggle for you and your Mom. May the Lord’s presence bring you peace during these hours of sorrow. Our prayers will be with you.

  27. Hi Maitri, your words touched my soul and I am truly sorry for your loss. You’ve been a wonderful daughter and know that though your mom is no no longer with you in person, she will always remain in your beautiful heart for always. Lotsa love and hugs for you my dear sweet friend… 🙂

    PS. I checked out the RT button and gave this post a RT.. seems to work perfectly sweetie, good job! 🙂

  28. Dear Ones,

    I cannot begin to thank you enough for all of your kind comments, support, love and prayers. I wish I could answer each one of you personally, but please know that I have read and cherished every comment and hold them close in my heart.

    I wish you all beautiful holiday blessings to you and yours, one filled with love, joy, happiness and good health…



  29. And thank you so much Mariuca for showing me how to put the tweet buttons on the blog and for tweeting me. You are a sweetie pea honey…

    Hugs and Love,


  30. Thank you for your kind words on my site. You know, I followed the story of your mom and at times it was so hard for me to read – particularly towards the end – because it reminded me so much of my grandmother’s last weeks. It is so hard to watch someone so beloved prepare to leave this world. I think one of the greatest things that makes it bearable is knowing that they were women of faith.

    God Bless!

  31. What a great tribute. I pray that you are surrounded by God’s comforting arms this Christmas season and that you are overwhelmed with love, comfort, and joy be those around you.

    It reminds me that this is the first Christmas without my father-in-law. He passed away in April 2009. BIG HUGS!!!

  32. Oh how marvelous, for her to have had that vision of Mary being there with her at the end of this life (and the beginning of her next life).

  33. Thank you dear Maitri, I greatly enjoyed these words. I never heard them in English because I am Lithuanian. Thus your text expanded the message over my heart. Merry Christmas!

  34. Oh, Maitri. All is calm now and yes, it is bright in the arms of Jesus. She is at peace. I hope this finds you at peace with her death as well. Love and hugs, pally. Prayers to you during this difficult time.

  35. A beautiful post. I know you were ready for her passing but I also know you will miss her, Mum’s are just such special people. You are in my thoughts.

    I apologise for my delay in commenting.

  36. Maitri – I’ve been reading about your mother’s long end of life stretch. I know she was ready to go, but that doesn’t necessarily make her loss any easier. I’m thinking of you.

  37. Also my favorite Christmas Song. Rest in peace dear Lady.

  38. Your mother must have been a wonderful person. I am sure she appreciates your tribute, which was wonderful by the way.

  39. I think it must be very comforting to know that Mary was with your mother when she passed away. To know she had such a wonderful escort to heaven is such a blessing.

  40. (((HUGS))) My heart and prayers are with you, Maitri. What a beautiful post for your mom. God bless you and your family.

  41. Hi Maitri,

    I like to take the opportunity here to wish you & family together with all your loving animals “A Merry X’Mas”, Happy holiday & Happy New Year”

    God bless you & family

  42. Sorry Maitri I left another post on one of your other blogs. I am sorry your mother passed and our prayers are with you and your family, Glenn

  43. So very sorry to hear your Mother lost her battle. A beautiful tribute and so moving.
    My heart and prayers go out to you this Christmas day.

  44. My deepest sympathies at this time of year… have happy and mindful holidays, Maitri!

  45. We sing Silent Night each year at home and at the end of mass in the church and i used to pray these prayer about Holy Mary in the past, too.

    Have a blessed Christmas time and a Happy Start into 2010.

  46. such a wonderful and lovely tribute for your mom.

    Happy Holidays from my family to yours!

  47. My condolences on the loss of your mother. What a vision to have on one’s deathbed; that of the Holy Mother.
    Thank you for sharing.

  48. Dear Maitri,
    I am catching up and so just now read of your mother’s passing. You have my love and sympathy at this time. And I thank you for posting my own mother’s favorite Christmas song. She was also a Margaret (but born in 1915) and I lost her in Oct. 2000. She told me during the end that she could feel her mother’s hand holding hers…and I thought of that when I read that your mother saw Mary. Your comments about it all were beautiful and lucid and mean the world to me during this season of love.

  49. God bless Maitri, and big hugs to you!


  50. You are in my thoughts dear Maitri. What a beautiful tribute to your mother. Hugs to you

  51. What a beautiful contribution – so heart touching.

    Hope you’ve had a good Yuletide 🙂

  52. My mom died the same day your mom did, but it was 26 years ago. Somehow it feels as though it were just yesterday and the loss is just as profound. I am so sorry for your loss.

  53. As always, peace to and yours. May the new year bring you joy and rest. Waiting is exhausting. I know, I’ve been there.

  54. My condolences to you and your whole family.

  55. Sorry for your loss, don’t be sad, your mom is together now with the almighty in a much better place.

  56. Praying for comfort for you and your family.

  57. Maitri….May she rest in peace…with Mother Mary in heaven~



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