Death is one sure thing that will happen in our lives.
It is the sunset that slowly disappears in the sky hiding itself from the earth to peacefully follow the light. The thing is, there is no way to convince us of its blissful state because of uncertainty. For most of us death is dreadful.
For those who have died ahead, may they rest in peace and may God’s eternal light shine on them. For the saints, may their examples be our guiding light here on earth.
Consider yourself already dead, what do you think would you have done in your lifetime?
You would probably do well to heed St. Bernard’s advice: “Consider the sins of manhood and weep over them. Consider the sins of your present life, tremble and make haste to amend your life.” After all, everybody wants to go to heaven and while on this journey, each soul hopes not to be lost, but to see GOD.
Do souls really get lost? If they do, where do they go? A priest says that a soul when separated from the body may go to heaven, purgatory or hell. However, God who created man in His desire to share happiness is not only just but also merciful, ready to welcome back repentant souls the way the prodigal son was welcomed by his father with a banquet.
As to St. Augustine, “You made us Lord for yourself and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
What may be considered lost souls, therefore, are those who have been unfortunately condemned to hell because they have chosen another over the eternal good that is God, himself. Lost souls are those who refused to cooperate in God’s plan of salvation.
Let us ponder on these reflections.
1. For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.
2. Be happy. Everything, too, shall pass.
3. Candles will be lit, flowers scattered, peace and a blast of calm togetherness in cemeteries and altars will bind hearts.
4. Angels and Saints are always present in the midst of us.
5. Why do we celebrate these times and days of separation between life and death? Because the body is fleeting breath and time, but the soul is affirming infinity. Only with its Creator can it find peace and joy.
6. “The is Lord our refuge and our salvation, whom shall we fear?”
Jesus, save souls.
Jesus, Joseph, Mary, we love you, save souls.