R.I.P. Father Groeschel, Good and Faithful Servant (UPDATED)

Fr. Groeschel

Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR has gone home to God.It's not a surprise:  We'd heard reports of his recent fall, which injured the same arm that had been injured ten years ago in an auto accident.  Doctors who treated him for this most recent injury chose not to repair the damage, fearing that he could not survive surgery in his weakened state; so he was sent home in a great deal of pain.  At 11:00 p.m. Friday, October 3, Father Groeschel slipped away, homebound at last.I wrote about Fat … [Read more...]

On Facing Death, and Just Watching Through the Window

Dave Benton

I've been thinking about Death.It's not that I'm morose or depressed or anxious to get on with the business of sliding into the next life.  There have, though, been a couple of articles in the news recently that have brought awareness of Death front and center:First, there's the trending story about the broadcaster who announced, during his regular newscast, that his brain cancer has taken a turn for the worse--and that he has only four to six months to live. And then, here in Mich … [Read more...]

145 Unclaimed Bodies Laid to Rest in Archdiocese of Detroit

Our Lady of Hope Cemetery 2

The seventh corporal work of mercy is to bury the dead.  Usually, we fulfill that work by attending a funeral liturgy and praying for the deceased.  We help a bereaved friend or loved one who is grieving, listening to her stories and drying her tears, helping her to find peace and to pass through the emotional turmoil of loss. In the Archdiocese of Detroit, though, the command has taken on added significance this week as 145 unclaimed bodies have been laid to rest at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery in … [Read more...]