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So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.—2 Thessalonians 2:15

Thursday, July 2, 2015

When death comes knocking.


There are plenty of online writers who do much better than this blogger by finely parsing their own parade. That is, they use their personal lives to fuel their online scriptorium and they do an excellent job of preserving a glimpse of the Truth that resides in their experiences.

Death is an enemy or a friend. To the faithful, death is the final doorway in the passage to eternal life. To those without faith, death is more often a cruel enemy, a locked door, a dead end street, the end, no light.

Meditating on death keeps one real. Death keeps us from being distracted by trite platitudes that act like a temporary analgesic when what one longs for is complete resolution to the anxiety and or pain. Truth be told, temporary relief is still a comfort, but such momentary suspensions of anguish must lead one to the saving knowledge of the only doctor who can heal one's body, mind and spirit: Jesus Christ, Who gives us the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. Leaving behind material and material consolations and the quest for approval in order to pursue the living God Himself, the promise of salvation Jesus Christ offers is worth living and dying for.
If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.—Letter to the Romans 14:8.
Stay close to Jesus.

What matters most when death comes calling is prayer, intercession, the comfort of real friends who speak the simple language of being with you and being comfortable with your tears and sorrow, of offering personal prayers that God may provide the peace which only He can give. A most comforting prayer is one which commits someone to the care of Jesus and Mary.

In the midst of a relationship crisis, a parishioner once said to me some twenty years ago... "Stay close to Jesus." Her counsel, issued in the form of a declamatory statement, has been a frequent and a guaranteed channel of God's grace. The action of staying close to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, for example, allied to the brief prayer "Jesus, I trust in You", is a channel of immense grace, a channel though which God provides miracles of physical, spiritual, emotional and psychological healing.

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God bless the many people who have been praying for me, my family and especially for the repose of my brother's soul.

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