A friend recently shared that she feared she would never again see her loved one who had died. Hopefully she will find comfort in St. Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians (4: 13-18) where he reminds us………
“We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Christ Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. Therefore, console each other with these words.”
Our faith, from the time of St. Paul until now, offers consolation to all of us who have lost loved ones. The Church sets aside a precious time called All Souls Day when we remember and pray for the souls of all the faithfully departed and for the salvation and peace of their souls.
Here is a beautiful prayer the Church gives us that you often hear at funerals. It also brings a good deal of comfort when recited personally.
“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace”.
The death of loved ones in our lives often reminds us of our own mortality. It is perhaps a good time to reevaluate our own lives and strive to do our best to be devout and committed Christians. In this way we can build up, as Jesus said, “a great treasure in heaven” when our time comes.
May you experience comfort and consolation during this time of remembrance.