I'd never even heard of this item before I opened it. Once my best friend explained it to me, I realized I had one of the most thoughtful, meaningful gifts I've ever received.

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The minute I opened it, Ysabel says, "I didn't pick the color! It's a prayer shawl. The women at Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Meridian made is specifically for you. Red has specific meaning for you based on what I told them to pray for you."

I was beyond touched. Ysabel was given a prayer shawl by her aunt when she came home from Spain with it's own special meaning for her. And according to her, she immediately asked if they could make one for me. After it was completed a deacon blessed it (in an Irish accent just for me).

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I'd never even heard of a prayer shawl before. I learned it's not something that only Holy Apostles does and not it's not specific to a religion. I was told I have to write a thank you note to Ysabel and the person who made my shawl (I would have done that anyway) and then a picture is taken of the card and posted with a picture of my specific shawl. It's very personalized. And like I said, one of the most meaningful gifts I've ever received. The past 2 nights, I've slept wrapped in my prayer shawl. Thank you Ysabel.