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October 24, 2011
She was a woman with the weight of the world on her shoulders. So heavy were her burdens, her steps caused the earth to wobble on its axis. Hunched in a wool coat three sizes too large and nine years too old, she stumbled down the frozen streets and earned a look of pity from everyone she passed.

At night, huddled in her bed with her cats and her rosary, she prayed for peace.

"God?" she whispered to the ceiling. "Do you remember me? Have you forgotten us down here on Earth?"

God never answered, but she never stopped trying.