No Parent Should Have To Bury Their Child

Alas, I had to bury mine. This movie clip depicts the natural drama very well.

It is from the “Lord of the Rings”, and depicts King Theoden’s grief at the grave of his son Theodred

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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6 Responses to No Parent Should Have To Bury Their Child

  1. Toad says:

    Is this something recent, Bro?
    I hope not, but, if is, how are we, or anyone, expected to cope with it?
    I’d far sooner die before anyone else of my family did, or even any of my dogs. .
    Cowardly, perhaps, but that’s the way I am. Because I couldn’t cope with it. No faith, I suppose
    Not that I will be asked my opinion on my demise – by God, anyway,
    Just as well.


  2. Toad says:

    Sorry Bro. Is this it?
    All of it?
    Surely not, but what do any of us actually know?


  3. johnhenrycn says:

    I believe BB is referring to a dear child of Mrs Burrito and him who passed away a number of years ago. Still, memories of loss, though assuaged by time, linger. RIP


  4. Brother Burrito says:

    Thank you JH for remembering the cause of my grief. I previously wrote about our little darling Gracie on two occasions:



  5. kathleen says:

    Burrito. I wonder if this article on the National Catholic Register” could help: “Jordan Peterson Confronts the Problem of Pain”. It starts in this way:

    A Jewish ophthalmologist I know is a leading specialist on a rare condition that can cause blindness, and it was that expertise that led him to the Catholic faith.

    Over time, as scores of anxious patients came to him for final confirmation of their awful diagnosis, he saw that some responded to the news of their impending blindness in a distinctive and inspiring way. They did not react with anger, depression or even surreal denial. Instead, they seemed to come to grips with their changed circumstances, and during the examination he learned that many of these particular patients were Catholic.

    Their faith, in some way, both prepared them for the inevitability of suffering, but also stirred their resilience and hope as they contemplated the future.

    I recalled the ophthalmologist’s striking conversion story while finishing Jordan Peterson’s best-seller, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, which ends with a harrowing account of his daughter’s long battle with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

    Read it to the very end because it describes so insightfully the anguish of this renowned media phenomenon, Jordan Peterson, who “believes in the importance of religion, but .. doesn’t quite have one”, and how this may be the reason for his non-answers to the problem of pain.

    But his sorrowful gaunt face does not radiate the joy of a peace that passes all understanding, the joy that my ophthalmologist friend experienced in his newfound communion with the Lord.

    “Knowing that people must bear a load is not the same as receiving a yoke that is easy and a burden light,” writes Schmitz.

    “Young men look to Peterson for answers,” but this tortured father of a suffering child, like many of his readers, is still searching.

    I pray for this great man, who has helped so many people of our times (especially young men) find meaning and purpose in their lives, that his own search will lead him to God, to Christ, and the One True Church. Certainly he has “a restless heart” too that will only find peace when “it rests in God”.

    There are also many wonderful things in life on earth that help us travel through this “valley of tears”, but even the very best of them are no more than “passing moments” of incomplete joy.

    “For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth; and he scourgeth every son whom he receiveth” – (Heb. 12:6). “Why?”, we may ask ourselves!
    To bring us closer to the Suffering Saviour? To purify and humble us? So we can offer up our suffering for the conversion of sinners and the multiple needs of the Communion of Saints?
    Probably for all of these reasons and many others we shall have to wait to discover one day.
    Unspeakable pain, such as the loss of a beloved child, unites us to Christ like a living martyrdom. Only through the Cross will we reach Eternal Life where suffering will be turned into everlasting joy.


  6. Brother Burrito says:

    Thank you dear Kathleen, your comment and the article it referenced made me cry with relief.

    You have obviously understood and consoled my pained state. I salute you as one anaesthetist to another.


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