Dear Sacred Heart Family,
Fr. Tomy will be gone on vacation from Nov 19 – Dec 9. We will not have our 8am Mass on the three Mondays he is gone- November 19th, November 26th, and December 3rd. On Thanksgiving Day we will have our 9am Mass. We will not have Mass the day after Thanksgiving, November 23rd.
In this month of November when we remember our loved ones, I want to continue our series on the four Christian responses to death. This week is the importance of taking time in prayer. We need to take time to pray for our loved ones, for the repose of their souls, and to take time to pray for ourselves and our family members.
When it comes to praying for our loved one let us seek to pray right into the reality of their lives. The more intimately you know someone the better equipped you are to pray for them because you know more than just the good face we all put on for the world to see- you also know their struggles. Having walked with them and perhaps having experienced firsthand someone’s shortcomings and struggles you can pray that those very things be set right. Msgr. Charles Pope wrote this about purgatory: “Yes, there are many things in us that need purging: sin, attachment to sin, clinging to worldly things, and those rough edges to our personality. Likewise most of us carry with us hurts, regrets, sorrows, and disappointments. We cannot take any of this with us to Heaven. If we did, it wouldn’t be Heaven.” These are the things we pray for our loved ones for.
Having prayed for them we need to pray for ourselves and anyone who is impacted by our loved one’s death. Jesus promised us that He is with us “always, until the end of the age”. So, in the midst of the grief we pray- Jesus we need you now. I need your strength and I need to be able to lean on you. When it comes to the other people who have been impacted by a person’s passing I sometimes I simply pray this: “Jesus whoever is most in need of your comfort and consolation today please draw near to them”. He knows who that person is and can touch their hearts in ways I never can.
Here is a prayer for those who are grieving:
Dearest Jesus, who wept at the death of your friend
and taught that they who mourn shall be comforted,
grant us the comfort of your presence in our loss.
Send Your Holy Spirit to direct us
lest we make hasty or foolish decisions.
Send Your Spirit to give us courage
lest through fear we recoil from living.
Send Your Spirit to bring us your peace
lest bitterness, false guilt, or regret take root in our hearts.
The Lord has given.
The Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.