through crisis revealed
A crisis will either bring out the worst in people or it will bring out the best in people. When my family was in the midst of a major crisis three years ago*, the latter proved to be true. We received nothing but love as the shocking news of Rosario’s hospitalization after being shot spread throughout our circles. That love came quickly and in many different forms. It came mostly through prayers, but also through logistical and monetary support. I was amazed by how quickly people organized our chaos, recognized immediate and future needs, offered their gifts and resources, and took burdens off our shoulders. Family, friends, and even distant acquaintances dropped everything to be present with us in our time of need.
It was overwhelming and incredibly humbling to be on the receiving end of such intense love and generosity. I am moved just thinking about it three years after the fact. There were so many people who gave generously to Rosario’s hospital fund that was set up by Act One! And there were also many who gave to the family travel fund, which was a more immediate need, since we could only afford to send one parent to California. Our beloved family and dearest friends insisted that both Mom and Dad needed to be there. They gave as much as they could to assist with the airfare, car rental, and anything else our parents might need. I was personally contacted by a friend who is also friends with Rosario. Knowing how close we are, he was adamant that I needed to be with her too and bought me a plane ticket right then and there, without giving me a chance to refuse. (I will be forever grateful, J!)
I wish I could thank everyone individually, but I honestly don’t know or remember each and every person who came to our aid that first day and the many that followed. I know that I would have fallen apart if my cousin Kayte hadn’t taken point on the travel arrangements and organizing the family calling tree. I was also grateful that my friend, Tennille, set up a carepage for Rosario to eliminate even more phone calls. Rosario’s friends on the west coast were busy keeping vigil by her side until we arrived. They also set up a donation site and arranged accommodations for us. (Thanks again for opening your home, Doug!) A prayer vigil was organized at my parents parish for that evening, and again I was amazed by how many people came to pray with us on such short notice! There were so many others who went out of their way, made sacrifices to help, and were simply present to our family during that time.
We celebrate Rosario’s Survival Day** on June 29th – the anniversary of the night she was shot. But on June 30th, we celebrate our loved ones who offered us everything they had in our moment of crisis. Their best was only the beginning of the great things God has revealed throughout Rosario’s journey.
**Tony Rossi wished Rosario a Happy Survival Day on Twitter today. My first thought was “Survival Day!? That’s awesome!” My second thought was “Why didn’t we think of that?!” Thanks for the great title, Tony!