Tuesday, May 8, 2012

When Loved Ones Depart

The departure of loved ones certainly does bring a vacuum of sorrow in our hearts, because we miss them somehow.  But this is part of life and a situation we must learn to face.  It’s no use brooding over it negatively.  But let’s keep in mind what God tells us in Scripture.  “Man’s life, a mere puff of wind, his days as fugitive as shadows” (Ps. 144:3-4). 

We console ourselves with the consolation that the Preface I for the funeral Mass of Christian death provides for us, which in essence means that there is actually no death but only a change of status.  “Lord, for your faithful people life is changed, not ended.  When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven.”

Let’s pray for our dearly departed since theirs is the time to face the prospects of God’s justice and we are still one with them in the consoling teaching of the Church on the Communion of Saints, that is, for those in Heaven, on earth and in Purgatory can still be of help to one another by praying, interceding and good works.

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