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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Death and funerals



Sorry to have been away from my blog for so long. 

After suffering the sudden tragic death of my 20 year old nephew in late September things have been very difficult. 

While the rest of my family and friends cling to "he's with the angels and our Lord now and at peace"...I know what the Catholic Church has always taught about those who die unbaptized and outside the Church. There is little comfort for me in those words. 

While I have Masses said for him and pray for his soul, I can't help but feel my failure. I took time for granted with him, I thought I would have more time to reach him with the Faith. I did not have that time. I have to live with that. It's a horrid lesson to learn, but one now written deeply within my own soul that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. 

This morning I attended another funeral and will be attending yet another funeral Mass this evening. Two in one day. 

Death seems to have a foothold around here lately and all I am doing is going from one funeral to another. 

What doesn't seem to change is that people want so desperately to believe that when a person dies, they are suddenly perfect and worthy of Heaven merely because they died. Didn't matter how they lived their lives, death in its self seems to make a person worthy of Heaven is the theology too many people cling to. 

Who started this nonsensical idea? Must have been the devil himself. 



In Christ and still in mourning, 


Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 



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