March 3, 2019

"My Uncle died last week and it has left me thinking about death and dying and the privilege most of us have of dying knowing that we are loved. I believe that brings some additional degree of dignity to death. I don’t want to be maudlin because death is a part of life. We will all face it sooner and hopefully later. Most of us will pass knowing that we were loved by our God, our family and our friends.  I would think it would bring great comfort.

But, how about those who are not as privileged as we are. The unwanted, forgotten, outcast, and disassociated. What a sense of hopelessness. We forget that some will face death alone on the street or with strangers. Will they recall that God loves them unconditionally when they haven’t seen him in another person’s actions? Will they recall that somewhere there may be a family or friend who will miss them? We don’t know when the time will come for someone to pass away. So we had better use our time wisely. We may not be with them at their last breath but we are with them now. A kind work, smile, offer to help can give them the dignity of knowing someone cared and that they have been loved unconditionally."

Dying unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.
                                                                                 Mother Teresa

 

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