Adel has been my co-catechist for almost one year now. Together with Anne, my catechist, we agreed that they will continue to catechise me at home even after my baptism since I was unable to attend the RCIA Sessions (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) usually conducted after Sunday Mass. We also discovered that Adel?s son Matthew and I were schoolmates for eleven years, first at La Salle School up to Form Three and then St. Xavier?s Institution during our upper secondary years. We were also in the school athletics team together. Matthew and I have not met since we left school after Form Five.
Adel is more than a catechist to me. Together with the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit?s Prayer Group, she had come to pray for Mum the night before Mum passed away and again when Mum?s ashes were interred at the columbarium seven days later. Apart from our regular Tuesday catechism sessions, Adel has also taken special concern for my well-being, knowing that I was suffering from chronic kidney failure. She would call to check on me every now and then. On a few occasions, she had dropped in together with her fellow secular Franciscans of the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) who were on their rounds visiting the infirmed in the hospitals to pray for me and even celebrated my birthday with me this year.
Adel will be going for an operation next week. I pray that the Good Lord will keep her safe. Despite being ill for a while now, Adel has never let that hold her down. Instead she continued to serve God. She put her nursing skills to good use after her retirement by reaching out to comfort those in need. Many have been touched by her tireless effort. Please pray for Adel that she may be blessed with the grace of God and that her operation will be successful and her recovery quick.