Death is one sure thing that will happen in our life.
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 died ahead, may they rest in peace - and let their souls be remembered in their prayers. For the saints, may their example be our guiding light here on earth.
Consider yourself already dead. What do you think would you have done in your lifetime? You'd 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 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. St. Augustine says, "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 GODs plan of salvation.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you, save soul
Family and friends left behind, or those near death can ponder on these reflections:
1. For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. (Ecclesiastes)
2. Be happy, everything, too, shall pass.
3. Soon the sky would open up again and angels and saints would scatter and join us all. Angels will peep/come into this earth, once their home.
4. The churches and the faithful will pray unceasingly: candles will be lit, flowers scattered, peace and a blast of calm togetherness in cemeteries and altars would bind hearts.
5. Why do we 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.
Only with its Creator can we all find wholeness.
"The is Lord my refuge... I shall not fear."
Jesus, save souls.
Rose Flores Martinez