As January begins, our celebration of the coming into this world of Christ continues and we also honor Mary, Mother of God. We are connected to her because she is a mom beginning her journey of raising a son. We find ourselves intimately participating in the life of the Holy Family through the Epiphany and finally we find ourselves at the Jordan River, where Christ accepted his humanity through baptism. Christ’s purpose is to become one of us, to experience the joys and tribulations of life and to present to us the path to paradise. This is the beginning of Christ’s journey to the cross and His sacrifice that will open the door for the faithful.
Death is such an ominous word, and it evokes such difficult emotions. The heartache caused by the death of someone we care deeply about causes real pain and has in some cases destroyed the lives of those left behind. We can only find our way through this darkness by focusing on the promise made on that cross.
Looking beyond the death of our loved one allows us to see that our relationship has not been severed by death but transformed. Yes, they are not here to touch, but we can still laugh with them and talk to them and sometimes if you listen very carefully, they do answer. The signs are everywhere, we just need to wipe away the darkness of death and see them in paradise.
Our faith is the key to open the door and Christ is at the entry waiting to greet us into our new dwelling.
Director of Cemeteries