The Word Among Us

September 2006 Issue

Gloria and Me

Our friendship began in the shadow of death, but it taught us how to live.

By: Ruth Wilson

She's so young to be in here!" That was my first thought on meeting Gloria. At forty-eight, this Mexican-American woman had recently been admitted to the nursing home I was visiting with my Legion of Mary group. Though I liked her right off, I had no idea that our friendship would evolve into one of God's greatest gifts to me.

Gloria had AIDS, I discovered. She had contracted it from her husband and was an innocent victim of this disease, as so many people are. My...

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