Top Blog Posts in 2015 — You Would Never Know It But By Her Love

Each day this week we will feature a top blog post from Encourage and Teach 2015.

By: Deacon Marques Silva

This past week, I had the privilege of participating in a funeral for a 22-year-old young lady who had an amazing impact on my parish, St. Mary of Sorrows, in Fairfax. Most would expect me to mention her eloquent talks, outgoing personality and maybe even her service to the Church. This young lady, though, was different.

Miss Courtney Elizabeth Lenaburg was born on August 18, 1992, and passed on into glory on December 27, 2014. I know what you’re thinking, “Deacon, you should not canonize people – bad form,” and you are correct. That being said, let me share the rest of the story.


Courtney suffered from a seizure disorder, of unknown origins that began the evening of her Baptism in 1992. The result of the disorder was a young lady confined to a wheelchair, legally blind, and unable to express herself through writing or speech. Through special permission, she even received her first communion when her family took her on pilgrimage to Lourdes from then Bishop Curlin of Charlotte, NC.

Pope Saint John Paul II never tired of sharing that every person has an individual mission that no one else may fulfill and that we were called to spend our life discovering and living it. “Miss Court” (as she was affectionately nicknamed) was never found far from a smile. Her laughter was contagious and caught the attention of everyone in the room. Her service was a ministry of presence. Simply put, anyone who came in contact with her … View the full text here.

This post first appeared on Encourage and Teach on January 6, 2015.

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