Monday, December 05, 2011

Advent is a nice time to die...

My brother died on the feast of Our Lady of Loreto in 1990.  During that last illness the Advent readings seemed to be directed personally to him and his predicament.  I always remember him, especially now during Advent.  I've had other close friends die during this season, and it strikes me as a lovely time to go to meet the Bridegroom.

I've had a regular reader to my blogs ever since I began in 2006, Michael R..  Michael actually did battle brain cancer for several years; now I never hear from him.  I emailed him, but no response, so I'm wondering if he has died?  He sent me his story some time ago - a beautiful life, a life long struggle.  His deepest desire was to be a Trappist, but he couldn't...  I can't say much more, and I don't know for sure if he is dead - but I pray for him either way.  Perhaps you will too.

I think Advent is a nice time to die.

"The Lord is waiting to show you favor, and he rises to pity you..." - Isaiah 30: 18.

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Art:  Translation of the Holy House of Loreto


  1. For Michael and each of us, from St. Faustina's Diary...

    Jesus: My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world. Who can measure the extent of My goodness? For you I descended from heaven to earth; for you I allowed Myself to be nailed to the cross; for you I let My Sacred Heart be pierced with a lance, thus opening wide the source of mercy for you. Come, then, with trust to draw graces from this fountain. I never reject a contrite heart. Your misery has disappeared in the depths of My mercy. Do not argue with Me about your wretchedness. You will give Me pleasure if you hand over to Me all your troubles and griefs. I shall heap upon you the treasures of My grace (Diary,—85).

  2. Terry, I will remember your brother and Michael in my prayers during the Mass on this season of Advent.

  3. Michael sent me a copy of The Psalms (Singing Version) and a relic of St. Pio. I pray that he is recovering or resting. Either way, he is in the hands of God.

  4. May your brother rest in peace. Praying for both him and Michael.

  5. A Random Friar7:24 PM

    Throwing in my own prayers for Michael and your brother this evening.

  6. Patrick, Fr. Gary, Thom, Friar, and Melody - thanks very much.

  7. Will remember to pray for your brother, isn't his name Skip?

  8. Thanks SF - yes - his name is Skip.


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