Posts Tagged ‘end of life’

Throwback Thursday: Protecting the Gift of Life Until Natural Death

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Death comes for us all, but it not for us to decide the hour, we are not the arbiters of life and death. Despite all its limitations and hardships, life on this earth is always a precious gift, the first of many blessings that God bestows upon us. It is the foundation upon which rests […] [Read more]

Throwback Thursday: University Mass for Life Homily

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

October is Respect Life Month and over the next few Thursdays, beginning with this homily I gave last year, I would like to share with you some past reflections on the great issue of our time – the value and dignity of every human life.  In our efforts to build up a culture of life, […] [Read more]

The Human Body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

As we come to the end of the Church’s liturgical calendar in November, we reflect upon the last things and our calling to new life in the Holy Spirit. Saint Paul, we hear in today’s liturgy, says to the Church in Corinth, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that […] [Read more]

What Lies Beyond

Monday, November 25th, 2013

It is a common experience for people when going to a viewing at a funeral home, thinking how unreal it seems, to look upon the utter stillness and silence of the deceased.  Lying before them is the person they knew and yet it is not.   This unsettling experience often prompts one to reflect. What is […] [Read more]

Protecting the Gift of Life until Natural Death

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Death comes for us all, but it is not for us to decide the hour, we are not the arbiters of life and death. Despite all its limitations and hardships, life on this earth is always a precious gift, the first of many blessings that God bestows upon us. It is the foundation upon which […] [Read more]

“God of mercy, hear our prayers and be merciful to your child, whom you have called from this life”

Monday, November 11th, 2013

None of us like to be sick or injured ourselves, and it is painful when our loved ones are sick or hurt, especially when they are dying. In faith and prayer, we know that in his compassion, Jesus suffers with the one who is dying and so, in watching a loved one die, we find […] [Read more]

Preparing for the Grace of a Good Death

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Once, when called to anoint an elderly parishioner, I greeted her and asked if she was ready to receive the sacrament.  She responded with a faint but real smile, “Yes, Father, but you will have to help my children understand that I am dying. God is calling me home.” She was ready, as many seniors […] [Read more]

We are Made for Life, We are Made for Love

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Going to the outskirts to encounter others, as Pope Francis asks, means confronting those great existential questions, being ready to give a reason for our hope when people ask: Why are we here? What’s the meaning of life? What’s the point of it all? Before getting to the hot button issues of today, as important […] [Read more]