Grave Matters

Funerals do not have to lead to despair

I am of an age and physical condition that I have to constantly think about my lacking of  a future, at least in this world. I am currently drafting my last will and testament, and putting my finances in order. I look forward to the freedom these completed duties will render unto me.

None of us can live in this world forever, though some of us will live forever in the next. Our transit from this world to the beyond depends upon our Conscience-whether it is clear and clean, or sullied and dubious-at the moment of our death.

We’re all of us sinners, imperfect in every way: the opposite of any Mary Poppins. None of us should be tempted to think we are any more than a sinner. St John agrees:

If we say, “We are without sin,” we deceive ourselves,* and the truth is not in us. If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1John 1:8-10)

A funeral in Christ is a place where great sadness is turned to great Joy because Our Lady and all the Angels and Saints are whooping and hollering and interceding  for the deceased, like there’s no tomorrow.

All it takes to die in Christ is to be sorry for one’s sins.

Swallow your stubborn pride and just do it.


About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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9 Responses to Grave Matters

  1. mmvc says:

    “…just do it.”
    And then go to the fount of mercy to be washed clean in the awesome Sacrament of Confession.


  2. Brother Burrito says:

    Hi Wayne,

    how’s it hanging?



  3. kathleen says:

    Dear lovable Burrito, I cannot ‘like’ a post that talks about your death! The thought makes me sad. 😥

    Yes, I know that death has “no sting” for those that put their trust in Our Loving Saviour, for those who pick up their daily cross and follow in His footsteps. I know that we should always strive to be in a state of grace, for nothing is more certain than that death awaits each and everyone of us and that we do not know “the hour nor the day” when that will be. (Therefore putting our affairs in order is also a good and practical idea.)

    But…. But… even Our Blessed Lord wept at the news of the death of his friend, Lazarus, and felt pity for the widow who had lost her only son.

    Death is not sad for those who die in a state of grace and go home to Heaven.
    But for those of us left behind in this vale of tears who will miss their loved ones, we are left with sorrow mixed with joy.


  4. kathleen says:

    “A certain Roman Catholic chaplain…lies in a soldier’s grave in that sinister plain beyond Ypres. He went forward and back over the battle field with bullets whining about him, seeking out the dying and kneeling in the mud beside them to give them Absolution, walking with death with a smile on his face, watched by his men with reverence and a kind of awe until a shell burst near him and he was killed. His familiar figure was seen and welcomed by hundreds of Irishmen who lay in that bloody place. Each time he came back across the field he was begged to remain in comparative safety. Smilingly he shook his head and went again into the storm. He had been with his boys at Ginchy and through other times of stress, and he would not desert them in their agony. They remember him as a saint. they speak his name with tears.”

    This is a tribute to the holy Father Willie Doyle SJ, for ‘Memorial Day’ (in the USA), taken from Pat Kenny’s wonderful blog dedicated to the memory of this outstanding Irish priest of WW1. Fr Willie’s life and writings are an inspiration to many.


  5. geoffkiernan says:

    MMVC: No need for that nonsense anymore. Gods Mercy is enough


  6. kathleen says:

    How on earth did that Protestant clown’s disgusting comment (@ 20:33 yesterday) denying the Queenship of Mary manage to get through our moderation system? He should be careful – blaspheming against the Holy Mother of God is a grave offence.


  7. johnhenrycn says:

    Brother Burrito:
    I don’t know what to say in reply to what seems to be an ominous message. May God bless you and all those who you love.


  8. toadspittle says:

    Seconded. Very troubling.


  9. toadspittle says:

    True, Kathleen @ 19.37 ydy. If Toad had penned such a fearful comment (which, of course he would never dream of) it would have been exterminated toot sweet.

    Mod(erate) the Prod Sod. By God.


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