When We All Fall Down: A Meditation on the Meaning of Death

Speaking of the Dead

What words can you offer when a family has lost someone they love, when death claims a child or a young mother?  Even more difficult, what can you say when someone without faith crosses that final threshold, and those he left behind are bereft, deeply worried about his eternal home?I have often thought that of the many responsibilities which priests and pastors face in their ministry, delivering a sermon at a funeral must be one of the most fearsome tasks. *     *     *     *     * That's w … [Read more...]