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'She's Coming For Me'

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By Marc Massery

William Baril of Middleton, Massachusetts, always felt a special connection to Our Lady. It began when he consecrated himself to the Blessed Virgin Mary through St. Louis de Monfort's total consecration and took a subsequent trip in 1993 to Medjugorje, site of alleged Marian apparitions. There, he prayed before a statue of the Blessed Mother and said, "I'll do whatever you want me to do, but you take care of my family." Subsequently, each of his six children came back to the Catholic faith. After Medjugorje, Bill became a daily Mass attendee. He would keep Rosaries, medals, and Bibles in the trunk of his car and hand them out to any soul in need.

When Bill was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2005, he received his pathology results on June 25, the anniversary of the second day of the alleged apparitions at Medjugorje. He took this as a sign that Our Lady was with him. Then he lived a full life, long past his diagnosis.

"Our Lady just slowly led him to her Son," said Erin Baril, Bill's wife. "He would ask her for an answer, and he would get it in the most profound way." They married on the Feast of the Assumption, Aug. 15, 2014, in honor of Our Lady. "It was the happiest day of my life," Erin said.

Previously, Bill had been married for 46 years to Patricia Murphy, with whom he had had six children and 10 grandchildren. "Patty was a beautiful person," Erin said. "He married me a year and a half after her death. He said, 'Who's going to [help] get me to Heaven?'"

Every month during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016, Erin and Bill made a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, to pray. Before another pilgrimage, this time to Medjugorje in Oct. 2019, Bill hadn't been feeling well. He had lost weight, felt fatigued, and had shortness of breath. As a result of a poor blood test result, doctors had ordered him a blood transfusion. "They gave him two pints of blood," Erin said. "The pints of blood had an expiration date: it was Oct. 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. I thought, 'You've got to be kidding me!'"

Despite his illness, Bill and Erin went to Medjugorje. On the last day of their journey, Bill suffered a severe fall. When they returned to the United States, Bill was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma brain tumor. When they successfully removed the tumor, Bill seemed to get better for a time. But then he suffered from a stroke and blood clots in his lungs, which would eventually lead him into hospice care at home. Erin said, "About a week before he died, he looked over at me and said, 'She's coming for me, you know.' And I said, 'Who's coming for you?' And he replied 'Who do you think? Our Lady — that's who's coming for me.'"

On the last night of Bill's life, the whole family prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet around Bill's bedside. At about 3:30 a.m., Bill's daughter Kara (whose birthday is May 13) said that she felt a touch on her leg. "It was a mother's touch, that's all I can tell you," she said. She woke up to discover that Erin had felt the same sensation at the same time.

Awakened, they both looked at Bill and noticed that he was fading. About 15 minutes later, he died. "So, when that touch happened, I knew what he meant when he said to me, 'She's coming for me.' Our Lady tapped us to let us know she was there," Erin said. "Everything Bill did revolved around Our Lady and Jesus. He lived his life that way, and he died that way."

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