by Mary W., Augustine Institute, Class of 2010
Our precious Resident and friend Edith Stricker celebrated her 101st birthday on November 28th! As pointed out by Sr. Mary Veronica, that particular day holds a special significance this year as being the first Sunday of Advent, where we anxiously await the coming of Our Lord. Edith herself is filled with a ‘longing for heaven’ and expressed her excitement, saying “When I come to my last, I hope I will see her [the Mother Mary] living!” and telling Sister that she was going to have a new life.
The staff waited anxiously to celebrate with Edith, being present as she awoke and greeting her with a new birthday dress and sparkly blue headband. Several generations of Edith’s family came to honor her, including her daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter! Edith draws out the intrinsic ability for those around her to respect life with her easy giggle and her penetrating smile of love, permanently affecting those blessed to meet her.
Sr. Mary Veronica mentioned that Edith brings to mind the Prophetess Anna, a widow who “worshiped night and day, fasting and praying” (Luke 2:37). Like Anna, Edith not only recognizes the Child Savior, but continually tells “all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem” (verse 38) about him. Edith is a light to the world, constantly directing our attention heavenward, even with the simple and frequent kissing of the cross that hangs around her neck.
Happy 101st birthday, Edith!