March 4, 2017

Positivity: Young man facing leukemia ‘left his mark on the world’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Madrid, Spain:

Mar 2, 2017 / 05:43 am

Pablo Ráez was just 21 years old when he died last Saturday in Spain. But the young man, a devout Catholic, made a difference in the world, helping increase bone marrow donations in his home city by more than 1,000 percent.

Ráez was a native of Marbella in Malaga, Spain. After being diagnosed with leukemia two years ago, he began to share his daily struggles and positive attitude with his more than 300,000 followers on Facebook.

With a strong faith and a desire to live, he fought to encourage donations of bone marrow, which are critical in fighting leukemia.

About 1,000 people attended the funeral Mass for Ráez, which was held at the Incarnation parish in Marbella.

Fr. José López Solórzano, pastor of the church and godfather to Ráez, presided over the Mass.

“I don’t know how to bury Pablo, what I want to do is weep with all of you,” the priest said, visibly moved, according to Diario Sur.

In his homily, he recalled that the young man “grew up in an atmosphere of simplicity; from that simplicity comes forth great things.”

Ráez, the priest said, “did what he had to do, he has left his mark on this world.”

Fr. López recalled how the young man used to say, “Leukemia is teaching me more than it has taken from me,” and “Death is part of life, and so you shouldn’t fear it but love it.”

In a report filmed some time ago, the priest said that “when I hear that Pablo is thankful for his leukemia, it shakes me up…Many times things happen to us that slip by in our lives and so it is, but Pablo learns every day from what is happening to him.”

Fr. López also related that he met Ráez at the church of the Incarnation when they boy turned 14 years old and asked to receive the sacraments of Baptism and First Communion. …

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