Monday, March 19, 2007

Our dead are not absent . . .

My old friend Fr. Paul Lachance, O.F.M. sent me this quotation from Karl Rahner:
The great and sad mistake of many people -- among them even pious persons -- is to imagine that those whom death has taken, leave us. They do not leave us. They remain! Where are they? In darkness? Oh no! It is we who are in darkness. We do not see them, but they see us. Their eyes, radiant with glory, are fixed upon our eyes . . . Oh infinite consolation! Though invisible to us, our dead are not absent. They are living near us, transfigured into light, into power, into love.
The last month has been a series of very convincing confirmations of this.

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As we prepare for a resumption later this year of the monthly Emmaus Road Initiative programs in several cities, I will continue for the next while to offer occasional reflections on my dearly loved and recently deceased wife Liz, whose "eyes, radiant with glory," peer down at me from the photograph above the fireplace, reminding me, as Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13: that love never ends.

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