Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord

IMG_2608It’s in Sacred Scripture (2 Maccabees 12:46); it’s in Sacred Tradition (see Catechism, 1032); it’s a spiritual work of mercy (praying for the living and the dead) and, by extension, a corporal work of mercy (burying the dead). Today, the Church highlights the importance of this teaching which is constantly repeated. Perhaps the most beautiful reason for this custom of remembering and praying for the dead is that, in the words of the Song of Songs (8:6) “Love is as stern as death” (understood to mean that love is a force equal in power to death, and which death cannot destroy). Since we love those who have gone before us “marked with the sign of faith”, we want to speed them on their journey to the Home of our Father, and, once there, they are compelled by that same union of love to aid us on our own journey. Continue reading “Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord”

FAITH WORKING THROUGH LOVE (Galatians5:6): One Crazy Weekend in Assisi!

“The union of the wayfarers with the brethren who sleep in the peace of Christ is in no way interrupted, but on the contrary, according to the constant faith of the Church, this union is reinforced by an exchange of spiritual goods.” (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium, 49). It’s hard to be aware of the presence of so many saints in Rome and in Italy, and then think that they have no effect on our day-to-day life.   Continue reading “FAITH WORKING THROUGH LOVE (Galatians5:6): One Crazy Weekend in Assisi!”