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By Kevin Wells, Crisis Magazine, April 28, 2022

Kevin Wells is a former Major League Baseball writer, Catholic speaker, and author of Priest and Beggar: The Heroic Life of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz (Ignatius Press). His best-selling book The Priests We Need to Save the Church was published by Sophia Institute Press in 2019.

When mom died too early from cancer, in 2013, after the last of her eight children left home, I couldn’t have known how much I would come to miss her in the years that followed. Perhaps it is my nostalgic Irish heart, but as the years without her have widened, I’ve often found myself wanting just a day or two more with her.

Of late, Judy Wells stands before me as a Jacob Marley-like ghost. Her hands, once so often clasped in prayer, seem now to swing a lantern of warning over her twenty-nine grandchildren, seemingly caught like a family of gazelles grazing amid fields of crouched lions.  …

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