Posted by: fvbcdm | May 23, 2017

Feast of Saint Rita of Cascia (22 May 2017)

This weekend we celebrate the solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ into heaven. This reminds me of a friend of mine of years ago: he was Dr. Charles Moseley, a fine surgeon and parishioner of Saint Dominic Parish, New Orleans.  Dr. Moseley attended Mass every day that he could, and told me one time that he always prayed for his patients, recognizing that without God’s help, he certainly could not have helped them at all.  Eventually he developed cancer and came to the end of his life. By that time, I had been transferred away from New Orleans, and was not there when he died. But his widow told me of his last moments.  He was on his deathbed, too weak to speak or even hold up his head, and unconscious most of the time.  As his vital signs became weaker, she was sitting beside his bed watching the life of her very dear husband peacefully end.

Suddenly, he opened his eyes, seemed to come to a renewed level of vitality, and stared fixedly before him, up into the area above his bed. He raised up from his pillows, took her by the hand, and exclaimed, “Oh, sweetheart, if only you could see what I see! It is so beautiful!” His face became transfused with joy and wonder, and after a few seconds of that kind of exaltation, he lay back on his pillows and breathed his last.

And with that in mind, we reflect joyfully upon the words of our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI who says, concerning the Ascension, “We go to heaven to the extent that we go to Jesus Christ and enter into him. Heaven is a person: Jesus himself is what we call heaven.”

Note:  Father Brown composed this message some years ago.  Please pray for the souls of the faithful departed, including Father Brown.


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