Marian Helper Spring 2023

A few minutes past 3 p.m., the Hour of Mercy, Deborah had received a phone call from her father, Jerry Fedele, telling her he had just returned home and found Brian unconscious on the floor. Deborah rushed to her parents’ house, which was already crowded with paramedics and police. She dropped to her knees before her parents’ large Divine Mercy Image. “For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world,” Deborah repeated, as tireless in her prayers for her brother’s soul as the paramedics were in their fight to revive his body. Deborah and Brian’s mother, Cordy, did not yet know that the youngest of her nine children was about to be taken from this world. It was Wednesday, and every Wednesday afternoon, Cordy made a Holy Hour at her parish. As she prayed, Cordy felt prompted to make the Stations of the Cross for the intention of any dying souls whose salvation may be in danger. On her way home, she passed an ambulance and prayed for the person inside. ‘The pardon is the same’ Marian Helpers in Action It was over. The emergency responders and hospital staff had done all they could, but in the end, the Fedele family of Madison, Ohio, were faced with the heartbreaking truth that it was time to say goodbye to Brian. Before the ventilator was shut off at about 15 minutes before 6 p.m. on March 16, 2022, Brian’s older sister Deborah Crosby knelt by his bedside, repeating the words she had prayed countless times during the past three hours: “For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” 4 Marian Helper • Spring 2023 • By Marian Friedrichs