A Sister Friend among the Communion of Saints


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I don’t want to argue theology with sisters who are Protestant, I just want to encourage other women with the thought that there are tens, hundreds, why maybe thousands of sisters, most of whom we will never meet, who pray for us. The Holy Spirit is my companion but in His Body, He has gifted me with many other faithful companions and Agnes is one of my special friends.

Most people have never heard of Agnes Sanford (1897-1982) but she has been and, in fact still is, a dear friend of mine. She was an interesting woman who was born to missionaries in China, married an American Anglican ( Episcopalian) and became mother to three children. Agnes suffered postpartum depression. The doctor finally diagnosed her as suicidal after one of her children came close to dying.

A tiny flame of hope was lit within her heart after prayer healed her son physically and she slowly began the process of her own emotional healing. “The Healing Light”, Agnes’ first book describes her early spiritual journey, revealing a warm, loving, wise and gentle pioneer. I connect even more with her because both of us are avid  gardeners. I absolutely adore her.

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Just like Agnes, I let my kids play with almost anything because I had a lot of kids and limited funds. I taught them all how to make do with whatever was at hand, much to my husband’s chagrin. Similarly, Agnes’ husband once threw up his hand up in frustration, as he struggled to walk around cushions and sheet forts in his living room, and complained that she let the kids play with everything except her wedding ring and the Bible! Once again I really like my co conspirator, Agnes.

One night, while struggling to centre myself in The Lord’s Presence, a crazy, impulsive thought popped into my mind. Without analyzing or questioning theological implications, I asked the Agnes to pray for me. Immediately I experienced a warm, emotional embrace of love and sheer joy as I heard these words in my heart,

”My dear, you have my undivided attention. No one asks me

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I laughed and laughed, in fact I am grinning like a fool now.

I don’t want to argue theology with sisters who are Protestant, I just want to encourage other women with the thought that there are tens, hundreds, why maybe thousands of sisters, most of whom we will never meet, who pray for us. As Saint Paul said there is a cloud of witnesses, both living and dead, cheering us on as we journey towards the Lord. The Holy Spirit is my companion but in His Body, He has gifted me with many other faithful companions and Agnes is one of my special friends

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6 thoughts on “A Sister Friend among the Communion of Saints

  1. Chris May 9, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    By logging in you’ll post the following comment to A Sister Friend among the Communion of Saints:
    Lovely, Melanie! I saw your post on the new CSB and came here to say “hi” and let you know how much I enjoyed it!

    Keep up the great writing!

    And Happy Mother’s Day!

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  2. I am posting a clarification here and on my blog. Someone is concerned that Agnes strayed from Christianity in her later years.

    The point of this article is that faithful Christians, who accept Jesus as their Saviour but do not beleive in Catholic doctrine, discover that the Catholic Church was right after they die!

    I am proclaiming the powerful truth that the Communion of Saints is true. All of us are an intricate part of this communion between the living and those who have gone before us.

    I do not study this woman, I casually read a couple of her biographies 25-30 years ago. I am not promoting her as a role model. am sharing how God taught this convert the truth about her prayerful relationships to the saints.

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