Posted by: fvbcdm | April 23, 2012

Feast of Saint George (23 April 2012)

Today there is a pall of sorrow over much of our parish here in Houston because one of our most active young families lost its eldest son—a thirteen-year-old boy—in an accident over the weekend. I find myself thinking of this tragedy again and again.  How do a young couple feel when they are suddenly told that their first-born son is dead—a boy who had been, on the previous day, as alive and healthy as he could be?  

These thoughts take me back to Labor Day, September 5th, 1938, when the news was brought to my mother and me that my father had been instantly killed in an automobile accident that afternoon. My parents had been married for just twelve years; I was eight years old and their only child.  I can remember so well my mother’s grief when that awful report was given to her.  I suspect that she doubted that it could be true.  There must be some mistake!  My father was in perfect health.  There is something unreal about death. Let us think how Our Lady felt when the dead body of her Divine Son was taken down from the cross and placed in her arms.  How can the Lord of Life be dead? How can this divine son of hers who had restored good health to so many, and even life itself to a number of dead persons, be without life himself? Something was terribly wrong.  Death is evil; it shouldn’t happen.  Jesus says in the gospel: “I am the way and the truth and the LIFE!”  Be that as it may, we all die and must then await our return to life again and to the joy of being with those we love and those who love us.   

I ask your prayers for the boy who died, for his parents and his family.  And I ask also that we all pray daily in preparation for our own death, so that we may not be surprised by it, not try to fight against it, but pass from this life into the next with trust in Our Lord and in imitation of our Savior whose last words on the cross were, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.


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