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A Word From Fr. Rob - Week of November 8, 2015

Submitted by Our Parish Community on November 4, 2015 - 6:45pm

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Hello Everyone, We have just begun the month of November. This is the time of year when we remember our loved ones who have died. It might seem to be a bit of a depressing task at first, but the process of remembering our deceased loved ones is actually a healthy and sacred one. In our remembering we must bring to mind the person whom we loved. In this act we are given a very special gift of feeling as though we are with them again. They seem to be really present with us in our memory of them. At the same time we often feel pain in our realization that they are no longer physically present to us. In our pain we can reflect upon the great suffering that Jesus endured for us and so unite ourselves more closely to Christ and in that void between us and our loved ones we can more fully comprehend the love that God feels for us. The memories of our loved ones also offer us an opportunity to reflect upon our own mortality. If we never ponder the reality of our own deaths, we are in effect denying it. If we deny our death, we then can have no true understanding of what a great and generous gift the resurrection is. In denying death we are in essence claiming that we will live forever and that we have no need of the death and resurrection of Jesus. If we deny that we are going to die we will probably miss many opportunities to let the ones we love who are living know that we love them and care for them greatly. So take some time this month to remember your deceased loved ones. Recall them and laugh, cry or pray. Also remember your own mortality and what a great gift that you have been given, and then tell someone you love that you love them.
Peace and God Bless you!
Fr. Rob