I had a big meeting last Thursday night. About 100 Respect Life representatives from the parishes showed up.
Two women from my home town were present. One woman was a friend of my mothers. My mother passed away last year and this woman’s daughter was a friend of my sister who died of cancer at 18.
She came up to me after the meeting and told me how proud my mom and sister would be of me. She said that they were in heaven smiling.
Being that I was greeting everyone as they left after the meeting, I hadn’t let it sink into my head what she had said to me.
I thought of it this morning at Mass, it made me cry.
The people we love who have died are especially close to us during the Eucharist.
- St. Augustine (354 – 430) said:
Neither are the souls of the pious dead separated from the Church, which even now is the Kingdom of Christ. Otherwise there would be no remembrance of them at the altar of God in the communication of the Body of Christ.
It isn’t unusual to feel closer to our loved ones during the Mass. They are in fact with us. Right there with us! We are so lucky as Catholics to believe this. Even if it is a teaching that is hard to put our heads around.
I will leave the explanation of this teaching to the theologians, but I will faithfully believe that when I take part in the body of Christ, that all those that I love, who love me… are with me as part of the celebration of the Mass.
Listen to the words during the Mass. We enter into this heavenly banquet with ALL of the saints and angels.
I have to remember this as I attend Mass and remember to say hi to Mom!
Who do you say hi to at Mass?