Articles by Fr. Mark Hodges

Inspiring Story of Esther Ybarra and Her Battle with Cancer

Assisted suicide advocates call their cause “death with dignity,” but they never saw the likes of Esther Ybarra. Stricken with Stage 4 cancer just as life was blossoming at age 19, Esther exemplified what a true “death with dignity” is. She died in July after two years of degenerating from a 5-foot-10, 175-pound college scholarship athlete and female athlete of the year to a frail and broken 100-pound hospital patient struggling to breathe. But those she left behind say Esther was the strongest person they’ve ever known, whose enduring, ultimate trial-tested faith in Jesus Christ changed their lives. Esther had…