Amy is an angel.
Although some have skepticism, angels are real. People alive today have had angelical experiences. Thousands of books have been written about angels. The Bible refers to angels 326 times. Used loosely in conversations, angel might refer to “a kind, lovable person, who manifests goodness, purity and selflessness.”
Amy was that, but she best fits the dictionary’s first definition: “A celestial being that acts as an intermediary between heaven and earth.” Death of a beautiful teenage girl whose life promised to be most bountiful is devastating. However, the recent passing of Amy Sigle, 17, in Council Grove was different.
Afflicted with cancer two years ago, Amy endured surgeries and treatments, which included losing her long golden hair, without ever a grumble. When doctors diagnosed her illness as terminal, Amy never cried or became upset, rather with typical shyness and faint smile offered a twenty-dollar bill to her dad to pay for gas
for the trip home.
As the disease progressed, Amy did not complain or make any negative comment about her future death. She always accepted it as God’s will and told people not to pray for a miracle, because she wanted to go to heaven. Throughout her life, Amy was constantly concerned about the needs of others before her own desires.
When asked what caused her the most pain, in reference to cancer in her body, Amy responded, “When people take the name of Jesus in vain,” without the slightest regard for her own suffering. Although Amy would grudgingly admit there was pain, she refused morphine treatment, insisting she wanted “to offer up her pain to Jesus to save souls.”
As Jesus refused to imbibe from the sponge on the Cross, Amy refused to quench her thirst with the sponge given to her at the hospital. When tumors broke through her skin, she accepted the sores. It is interesting that Amy’s confirmation saint, St. Catherine of Siena, had an invisible wound in her side, which became visible after her death.
Patients and nurses reported seeing a woman dressed in white walk down the hospital hall near Amy’s room. Amy also felt someone tap her on the arm, when there was nobody around. Some believe these visions may have been Mother Teresa, because prayers for Amy had been made to her just prior to that.
When asked, “If you could tell the world something, what would you say?” Amy did not hesitate but answered, “To know Christ, to love Christ and to serve Christ.” Amy knew ahead of time when she would die. She told her Dad, “I’m going to die tomorrow.” The next day, she told the nurses, “I’m going to die today.”
She died that day on the feast of St. Bernadine of Siena, one the greatest preachers of the Holy Name of Jesus. Three people had asked Amy to help find the murderer of a family member when she got to heaven. Carol Mould was murdered five years ago in Butler County, and one hour after Amy died, a suspect was arrested.
The homilist at her funeral contended: “There are times in which God for unknown reason grants special graces to a particular soul to live a supernatural life, in an ordinary way, so as to be an example to all. Amy is one of those souls, whowas able to
attain a greater holiness than most people, who strive to be holy unto old age.”
He clarified, “There are real angelic beings which God created different from humans. Amy was like an angel in the fact that she is now able to intercede for us in heaven like the angels, and also because her life was like that of an angel: holy and pure.”
It was foretold in Mark 13:27: “And then shall He send his angels, and shall gather together His elect from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.” Amy was an angel on earth and is now an angel in heaven continuing to serve her God there as well as her family on earth.