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...]

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

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

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...]