Bobby’s early death was a deep sorrow for Bob and Maureen, but they came to believe that he is the one who received the ultimate healing.
“Bobby’s vocation in life was finished,” Maureen told TheDivineMercy.org. “It was time for him to go home. This is a witness for others that the greatest healing comes in going to the promised land.”
Bob told CNA that his son’s life taught them “what life is truly all about — truth, mercy, understanding, simplicity, acceptance, patience, and above all, love — especially love of God and one another.”
St. Faustina and her revelations about God’s divine mercy have remained central to the Digans’ lives throughout the years.
“If we only knew who God truly is, we would die of joy,” Bob said. “For those who want mercy, God’s mercy is always available; it’s all a matter of trust. Pray, asking God to reveal his goodness.”
Bob and Maureen continue to speak about their lives and their faith, insisting they are ordinary people who just want their story to help others.
“People, after learning of our family situation, are amazed at how normal and natural we are and this gives them hope,” Bob shared with CNA. “God has a plan for each of us and we are dependent upon our loving and merciful Father to provide for us. Trust in his love and have hope.”
Although now retired, Bob is a Catholic deacon and still exercises his ministry. He and Maureen have traveled and spoken across the U.S. as well as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. They made a movie about the miracle of mercy they experienced called “In the Name of Miracles,” which is available on DVD in the EWTN bookstore, as well as at the Marian Helpers.
[Editor's Note: This article was updated April 24, 2023, to include the following corrections: The Digans arrived at St. Faustina's tomb on March 28, 1981, not March 23, 1981. Maureen had a diagnosis of Milroy’s lymphedema but was not dependent on a wheelchair until later as an adult. And the movie that inspired Bob was not “Divine Mercy: No Escape" but a much earlier movie about divine mercy.]
Zoe Romanowsky is General Assignment Editor at Catholic News Agency based in Washington, DC. She previously worked for Aleteia.