Sarah Strittmatter had a feeling her best friend was in trouble. The Dallas Morning News story about a nurse diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, a patient who died from the illness, didn’t mention the young woman’s name. But the details all pointed to Nina Pham, her BFF (best friend forever) since both were third-graders at St. Rita School in Fort Worth. “I just knew it was Nina,” recalls Strittmatter who graduated from Nolan Catholic High School in 2006 with Pham — the first person to contract Ebola in the United States. “It said she went to church at Our Lady of Fatima and graduated from TCU. I had a feeling it was her. Then I confirmed it.”
We need the help of God in our lives — especially his Holy Spirit — to make decision that are ultimately good, noble, and just.”
Maria’s eyes moistened at the mere mention of the baby she lost more than 15 years ago. Despite giving birth to seven other children, the Our Lady of Guadalupe parishioner still mourns the loss of that one soul.