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 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Friday, June 17, 2016

Grieving then and now.

A close family member died one year ago. A troubled soul passed into eternity. Our family journey has taught this blogger that one can love a person, a brother, but not condone his behaviour. We could stand with him, but not stand for the way he lived his life. We loved the person, but that did not mean we had to enable the behaviour which led to a lifetime of slavery to drugs. May he rest in peace.

While the media struggles with which narrative to brand the Orlando massacre to then use it to their advantage, and various groups vie for attention for similar reasons, we must not lose sight of the real issue: the care of souls. The doctors have the healing of physical bodies well in hand. Those of us removed from the scene have a different and complementary task: prayer. Through prayer, God offers people the grace to move beyond the pain and suffering. Without the grace of God to guide the heart and mind, a soul becomes bent by things that pretend to offer relief: cheap relationships; drugs; material distractions; etc. People need the grace of God to rescue them from loss and despair, confusion and doubt.

Our solidarity with the victims of the Orlando massacre is expressed in prayers for the dead and the living, and through our support which helps those suffering to find peace which only Jesus Christ can give in times of loss. Death is not the final word for those who hope in the Lord and keep His commandments.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

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