In Memoriam of Maria Blanca: Testimonials

 

“Mike and friends at the Rosary Network: I wanted to share my deepest condolences for the loss of Maria Blanca.”

“I am grateful for her devotion to the Rosary, which shines through in the daily Rosary podcast. The Rosary Network has helped me deepen my faith and love of the Rosary.

“I am so very grateful for all of your work, especially continuing to record and share the Rosary during these difficult days. I am inspired by the strength of your faith. May the Lord comfort and bless you in your mourning. Sincerely, Mimi.”Mimi Singleton

 


“Thank you Mikel for your example of courage, hope, and faith! I have been especially touched by praying the rosary with you and the rosary network these past few days since your dear wife’s passing. Your courage despite your deep sorrow is palpable and a great example for us all.”

“I had been praying for Maria Blanca during her illness along with so many people I’m sure, and am convinced she will intercede especially for you and your family, and the rosary network group. I have experienced this myself losing my mother almost two years ago.”

“During her illness — cancer also — I started to pray the rosary through her example, and my devotion to The Blessed Virgin Mary has grown as a result, and I would say, even more so after her passing. May you continue to receive all the blessings and strength you need in the upcoming difficult months. I will keep praying for you. Thank you for your devotion and efforts despite this difficult and trying time!”Emmanuelle Scully

 


“Estimado Mikel: Hace unos meses me percaté que eras tú el guía del Daily Rosary Network, de Spotify. Y casi cada día he conectado, atendido y agradecido tus comentarios siempre tan esperanzadores y llenos de fe. Os he acompañado y me he unido a la enfermedad de tu querida esposa. Lo siento mucho. Hoy he retomado el rezo del Rosario en tu canal y me he enterado del fallecimiento de Blanca. Gracias por compartirlo con nosotros y por acompañarnos cada día desde hace casi dos años. Siento el vacío que sentirás, que sentiréis toda la familia. Y ruego porque la esperanza te llene de mucha paz y consuelo. Gracias por vuestro ejemplo diario. Descansa en Paz.” Un abrazo de tu colega Mónica Doménech.

 


“Mikel, Please accept our condolences and prayers. I have been following your updates each day with the Rosary.  We lost Joe Monday of last week, yet, God blessed us with Einstein. We adopted him Tuesday.  How wonderful is our precious Lord! Mary does intercede for us and helps us when we are not sure and need comfort. May our Lord’s peace be with you and your children. May His light shine on your wife in Heaven.” — Adrian S.

 

“I was praying the other day for your mom and to give us a sign she was all right in heaven and I instantly got goosebumps and tears started falling down my face! I think she’s absolutely in heaven and at peace. I hope you and your family all doing all right. Praying for you all constantly. I Will spread the word.”Cris Woessner, Ohio, U.S.

 


“Su alma está en la gloria del cielo.” —
Fr. Germán Martínez, Madrid, Spain.

 

“Tenemos un ángel en el cielo con su gran amor Jesucristo en quien firmemente creyó como su creador y como guía. Descansa en Paz. Estoy ofreciendo la misa diaria por Blanca. Te mando un abrazo grande” — Fr. Miguel Bernal, St. Roch Parish in Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.

 

“All my sympathy & love. You and your wife are so devoted to the Holy Rosary & the Blessed Mother. I think you & your family can rest assured she is now with The Blessed Mother & looking down on you and your family and is glowing with joy & will continue to pray the Rosary. She is at peace. God Bless you all!” — Sher Smith

 

“Dear Mikel, just wanted to say I just finished praying with you for your beloved Maria Blanca. Thank you for the gift of the daily rosary podcast, which has kept me company throughout the pandemic, and which I use to pray the nine-day novena for those who have passed away. Your pain is palpable and brings a very personal touch to today’s rosary prayers. Thank you both to you, and to her as well for asking to persevere in daily rosary prayers. May her soul Rest In Peace.”Mica Garrido, Chicago

 


“Dear Mikel, God Bless You and Your Wife, Maria. May Perpetual Light Shine Upon Her! This evening, like every evening, we prayed the rosary with you. I am so grateful that you prayed for us just last week when I sent prayer requests, thank you. Tonight, we were heartbroken to learn you lost your beloved wife from this world, and we wept and prayed for you and for her, and with you, and I believe with her.”

“This was already a special day of sadness, faith, and reflection for me because 21 years ago today, October 28, my Mother, Daisy passed away also. I believe it must be a very special day for our Loving Lord to welcome the most special people. Because it is the beautiful month of our Mother, October, I believe she greets our beloveds to present them to her Son, Our Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ.”

“Be assured, Mikel, you and your Maria, will remain in our hearts and prayers as we continue to pray this apostolate of the Most Holy Rosary, as you teach, such a powerful prayer for these times!”

“May our Lord and His Mother console you and your family, and strengthen your faith, your hope, and your love! May you feel your dear Maria, your blest wife, from heaven, where her faith, hope, love, and gifts of the Holy Spirit are now magnified to bless you! We too, are with you on this pilgrim journey, in our hearts! May she rest in most beautiful peace, until the joy of your reunion with her and all beloveds in heaven. God Bless You and Yours. Most Sincerely in Christ Jesus and in His Mother and Ours,” — Anne Rueb and Family

 


“I was so sad to hear about the loss of your wife. I have been praying the rosary with you for quite a while and praying for her recovery. May God bless you and wrap you in the comfort only He can give.”
— Marlena

 


“I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your wife. I reached out to Miguel separately to let him know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and have been on my mind all day. I will be praying the Rosary tonight in honor of Maria Blanca. Sending love to you all. Warmly and with love,”
— Sarah Woessner

 

 


“No words can express my true condolences. I pray for your beautiful wife, you, and your family. I offered my communion to her this morning and will have a Mass said for her. Thank you for always taking the time to share the rosary with us and explaining something to us each time. I look forward to it daily! With thoughts and prayers, God Bless.”
— Sue Peery

 


“I just did the rosary today and was so sad to hear about your wife. You are incredibly brave to do the rosary and I cried with you.
My husband is still fighting and I will dedicate a mass to Maria Blanca. Your family is in my prayers. Much love,” — Debbie

 


“Dear Mikel and family, such heartbreaking news. While there is no way we can feel your pain… We do feel your loss. May God comfort your pain, Maria Blanca is at peace, she knows you love her and she prays with you. My heart breaks for you. Peace and love to you and your family during this very sorrowful time. God be with you all, we pray for her peace. Sincere and deep sympathy. Amen.”
Lucia and Family

 


“Con toda nuestra tristeza te enviamos un abrazo muy fuerte. La queríamos muchísimo y la echaremos muchísimo de menos. Ya descansa en Paz. Con la enorme fe que tenía seguro que está junto al Señor.”
Manolo y Marga

 

“Maria Blanca se habrá ido al Cielo derecha y desde allí intercederá por vosotros—por todos los que tuvimos la suerte de conocerla. Rezo muy especialmente por tu padre y vosotros, para que en este momento tan duro tengáis paz, una paz que sólo el Señor nos puede dar.”Padre Javier García de Cárdenas

 

“A veces los planes de Dios no son los nuestros. Lo que si sabemos es que todo el sufrimiento que ha padecido Blanca este mes y que ha ofrecido con tanto Amor a Dios, y todas las oraciones que se han ofrecido por ella van a dar un fruto impresionante y que aún no podemos ni siquiera imaginar. Blanca era una mujer buena en toda la profundidad de la palabra, fruto de ese inmenso amor a Dios. Ya debe estar disfrutando de su descanso cara a cara con Jesús. No me cabe ninguna duda que Blanca va a acercar muchas almas a Dios, ya lo hacia aquí y ahora mucho mas. Un abrazo muy fuerte Mikel y ya tenemos una nueva intercesora en el cielo.” — Carmen Peñaranda

 


“Que ejemplo de Fe, esperanza y amor que nos ha dejado Blanca…ya está volando al cielo para encontrarse con nuestro Padre y seguir acompañándonos desde allí arriba”
— Juan Pablo Vivas

 

“Creo que Blanca se santificó, pasó el purgatorio aquí en la tierra. El ejemplo de fe ha sido ella, y nos ha dejado el listón muy alto. Estoy segura del valor del sufrimiento que pasó, que no sólo la santificó a ella sino que Dios lo va usar para dar gracias a quienes lo necesitan, enfermos por los que rezaba, conversiones… No lo sabremos bien hasta que estemos allí arriba pero así es.” — Maria Morales, Greenwich.

 

“She is beautiful and with our King! We pray that we will all be in good graces with our Lord. We keep showing this Light. Maria Blanca, a blessed woman of faith, may she rests in eternal peace” — Jane

 


“Blanca ha dejado una gran huella por la vida de los que hemos tenido la suerte de conocerla y a la vez, un gran vacío ahora que no está. Era una de esas personas que aunque no nos viésemos continuamente, sabías que estaba ahí y cuando te veías o charlabas, no parecía que hubiera pasado tiempo entre nosotras. Voy a echar mucho de menos su sonrisa, su actitud siempre positiva, sus sabios consejos y su gran humanidad.”
— Margarita Oliva

 


“I’m so very sorry about the passing of your precious and beloved wife, Blanca. My heart goes out to you, your family, her truly precious soul. The joy, compassion, and love of Christ exude from her smile. She looks at the face of our beloved Lord. Your precious Blanca had gone home to our God whom she loves so well and brings some of our heart with her. May she rest in peace, Amen”
— Fr. Richard, from St. Michael the Archangel, Greenwich, Connecticut

 

“Una persona maravillosa, un ejemplo a seguir como mujer y como madre. La recordaré siempre con cariño y agradecimiento por todo lo que me enseñó e hizo por mi. Saber que ya no sufre, que nada le duele que descansa y está con nuestro Señor trae un poquito de consuelo” — Geilyn

 

“Blanca era una persona de tanta fe que la demostraba sin siquiera darse cuenta. La recuerdo siempre sonriendo” — Paola, Greenwich, Connecticut

 


“Fue un regalo del cielo haber rezado el Rosario contigo, con tus meditaciones, tu voz, y con Blanquita. Su sufrimiento fue un ejemplo de fe para tantos que se unieron en oración. Quienes rezaban por ella no sólo no perdieron su fé sino que fue lo contrario, y ella lo ve ahora, que está junto al Señor. Todo es para honor y gloria de Nuestro Señor. Las oraciones no son en vano; el Señor produce frutos.”
— Andrea Hickman, Chile

 


“No tengo ninguna duda ella está ya disfrutando de la Gloria Eterna en presencia de nuestro Señor y los cuida desde el cielo.”
Fernando Iraola, Greenwich, Connecticut

 

“Blanca was an amazing woman with an amazing spirit who touched so many people with her genuine kindness and optimism. The Good Lord is still giving Blanca his welcoming hug and I know your faith will be a great support to you during these extremely sad moments.” — Bill Owens, New York

 

“Se que Blanca esta en el cielo y le he dicho que no se preocupe por los que hemos estado rezando por ella, que somos conscientes que ahora Dios la quería con El. Aquí en la tierra ya no había mas espacio en su corazón, lo tenia a rebosar con todas las almas por las que no paraba de rezar y preocuparse. En estos momentos tan tristes, pensar en todo el bien que podrá hacer desde el cielo por vosotros y por todo el mundo. Después del calvario que ha pasado, solo puedo imaginar la dimensión de su felicidad y paz en presencia del Señor.” — Alex Ventosa, Greenwich, Connecticut

 

“Mikel, hoy hemos celebrado Misa por Maria Blanca en Mogadisco, Somalia, la única capilla cristiana en el país. Hemos rezado por vosotros. Te mando mi corazon a ti y a Blanca, mi amor al cielo. Está con nuestra Vírgen a buen seguro, y desde allí ahora vela por tu familia y por todos nosotros.” — José Latorre”

 


“You don’t know me, but I have been praying with you daily for over a year. I have prayed for Maria Blanca in her life and will continue to do so now. Do not fear that her death will lead to a loss of faith. Your beautiful daily prayers have helped so many of us grow in our faith. I am so sad to hear of her passing, but who knows grief better than our Blessed Mother? I will work through my sadness the way you have trained me for over a year, by praying the rosary”
Anonymous

 

“Blanca tuvo una experiencia muy linda con Jesús en la eucaristía cuando camino su retiro de emaus. Me acuerdo q era invierno y ella había salido a tomar aire fresco pero parece que se resbaló y se puso un poco nerviosa y la llevaron a la capilla donde estaba yo con el grupo de oración ahí. Ella y todas las q estábamos ahí vimos cómo se dibujó el Espíritu Santo en la Eucaristía! Ella parecía que estaba en el cielo de lo q estaba viendo”Paola Avilés, Greenwich, Connecticut

 

“Maria Blanca was a very special person, we will miss her. Now she is in Paradise looking over you and the family” — Luca and Felicia Criscuolo

 


“When we, the priests, were visiting your wife, we were feeling the presence of the Holy Spirit in that ICU room.”
Tomás, chaplain at La Paz Hospital in Madrid, Spain

 

“This [November 4th] is one of the most beautiful Rosary’s I’ve prayed. Happy birthday to your precious wife. God’s Blessings to you and all her loved ones.” — Bee Graceful

 

“Maria Bianca taking the Holy communion in the intensive care reminds of the Saint Maria Goretti struggling to take water as she lay on the hospital bed.”Joe Crow

 

“All my sympathy & love. You and your wife are so devoted to the Holy Rosary & the Blessed Mother. I think you & your family can rest assured she is now with The Blessed Mother & looking down on you and your family and is glowing with joy & will continue to pray the Rosary. She is at peace. God Bless you all!” — Sher Smith

 

“Thank you again, Mikel. On Thursday I felt Blanca’s presence as I prayed the holy rosary.” — Mary MCM

 

“Praying for you Miguel and Miguel and Family and for the repose of Blanca’s soul, with gratitude and admiration for your witness of faith and your initiative in this apostolate of promoting the Holy Rosary. Unidos en la oración, desde Santiago de Chile.” — Matthew and Andrea Hickman

 

“Praying with you and for you from Pennsylvania. Offering mass for your dear wife and family. Thank you for helping me enrich my prayer life and deepen my love for the Holy Rosary. Your ministry is working.” — Maureen Flynn

 

“We are grateful to your wife, Maria Blanca for offering up her pains & sufferings for the salvation of souls. Today, 1st Saturday after her death, we pray that Mama Mary brings her to Heaven, joining the Church Triumphant” – Jacinta Ng

 

“Your Maria is surely with Mary and Jesus. Your dedication to the Rosary is so beautiful and your determination to bring the Rosary to us every day is a miracle. It is an honor to pray with you every night and you have all of our deepest sympathy for you and your family. God Bless Maria and God Bless you.” — Debbie Regnerus

 

“Rezo por María Blanca, aunque ya me han contado que murió muy purificada y seguro que tiene un cielo grande desde el que seguirá cuidando de vosotros tal y como lo hizo en la tierra. Y rezo por ti y por vuestros hijos.” — Ángel Gómez Montoro

 

“Nuestro más sentido pésame para usted y toda su Familia Sr. Mikel. Nuestra familia se une a usted y lo acompaña en sus oraciones desde la comunidad de St. Roch. Su amada esposa descansa en Paz en los brazos de Jesús.” — Carmen Ramirez 

 

“Thank you for continuing. You’ve changed my life. I became faithful to the rosary in thanks to you. I feel great pain, because of her and you. I don’t know you personally but you mean a lot to me. I pray more fervently now for her.” — Mary MCM

 

“No doubt Maria Blanca is in heaven and no longer in pain, she is praying for her beautiful family to find peace. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen” – Lou Bock

 

“Mikel, I do not know you personally but I genuinely feel the loss of your beautiful wife. My deepest condolences to you and your family. I am from El Paso, Texas and I have been praying the Rosary with this group for quite some time. May God be with you, your wife Maria and your family. You are all in my prayers.” — Irene D.

 

“I have been using your podcast for about ten months, it has been a blessing in keeping me praying. I offer my sincere condolences and prayers for your wife, and you. May God and Mary comfort you in this difficult time.” – John Santolucito

 

“Mis condolencias, hermano Mikel. Sólo puedo imaginar todo lo que usted y sus seres queridos tuvieron que pasar durante, y después de que Sra. María Blanca expiró. Sé que no es fácil, y que duele, y hiere. Pero Usted tiene una gran devoción a Nuestra Virgen. A la Sra. Blanca también le encantaba el Santo Rosario, y todo Sagrado, confió y sigo rezando. Que Su alma esté en Cielo con Nuestro Padre Celestial. Que Nuestro Señor me lo Bendiga Mikel. Bonito y súper emocional Memorium Apostolate de Blanki. 61 años es una Bendición de Dios. Que en Paz Descanse. Gracias a ella y a usted por ayudarme a mi por lograr Rezar, Meditar, el Santo Rosario en Latín, y encontrar La Comunidad de Friends of the Rosary. Amén.” — Cris R

 

“I am truly sorry. I pray for your comfort, peace, and understanding. I have written your name and your wife’s in my prayer book. I will always pray for both of you.” — Elizabeth Kenyon

 

“May the good soul of Maria Blanca rest in the Peace of Christ, and may you be consoled also by His Peace. Good man, take courage! Maria awaits you. Your work on earth is not finished. Rejoice that you are given this mission. Your reward will be in Heaven with the Triune God, with Mary the Mother of God, and also with your beloved Maria.” — Marijane Camilleri

 

“Thank you so much for your dedication and encouragement to keep prayer and faith even with the hardest of times upon you. Your unfaltering faith has helped me regain my faith on my deployment. Thoughts and prayers.” – Enrique Martínez

 

“My heart breaks for you!!! I know your Wife is in the LORDS loving embrace and she is free of pain. I pray the Rosary with you every morning on my way to work. This morning when I heard your news I cried for your loss!! I will continue to pray for you and with you every day!!!!!!!! God Bless you always!”Ann Butler

 

“I’ve been praying the rosary every day with another podcast. On October 28th I had remembered to ask God for help. I immediately felt something wash over me. Later that day I put on your podcast instead of my usual one. It was the day Maria Blanca passed. I’ve been praying along since. Sometimes multiple times a day as it feels powerful. Your podcast has brought me much comfort. I am honored to hold space for Maria Blanca and her family. I feel privileged to pray with them. I want to spend awareness to pray the rosary every day and the peace that can be found.” — Maria Paone

 


“Cuando nos dieron la noticia y rezamos por Blanki, sentí que ella estaba en mucha paz, la vi (la vi con mi alma) vestida de blanco y dorado. Ayer mientras rezaba el Rosario frente al Santísimo se me vino Blanki a la mente y el Señor me hizo entender como fue edificante para su alma todo el tiempo que ella pasó en Adoración frente al Santísimo.”

“Cuando Blanki estaba enferma, le comenté a Mikel tu hijo cuando vino a cenar a la casa, que yo sentía que ella ofrecía todo su sufrimiento al Señor, como víctima de expiación y por eso a pesar de su enfermedad la sentía con mucha paz. Unidos en oraciones! Paz y muchas bendiciones en la Divina Voluntad!” — Renato Grandmont

 

“Blanki ha dejado un lindo legado de amor a Dios y confianza en la Virgen María para su familia y amigos. Del Cielo intercederá por ustedes con su amor y también por nosotros.” — Renato Grandmont

 

“Very beautiful life in Faith. Thank you for sharing the inspiration of love eternal, very well expressed. Praying for continued wisdom, deep peace, and strength—for the Family of Beautiful Soul Maria Blanca” — Anonymous

 

“My dear Michael. My condolences on the passing of your dear Blanca. I saw your son at 5 pm Mass last Sunday. He told me of her suffering from her treatments. I think The Lord took her straight into His Arms. She suffered here instead of Purgatory. Like St.Paul, Blanca fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith.” — William Shea

 

“My heart, prayers, and love are with you and all she loved. You have been such an inspiration and source of faith, light, and hope. Sending you hugs from Chicago, from myself, and the children. I have no doubt she is in the glory of God. Please take care of yourself. All of our love”Anna

 

[Updated Nov 6, 2021. More Testimonials at YouTube.com/TheRosaryNetwork on each Rosary Prayer video]