"I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live."
How often in our world today do we seek to justify the death of a loved one: "He lived a happy and full life, we shouldn’t be sad" "He inspired so many people, we should be thankful" "Yes, he was young, but as an organ donor he saved the lives of so many other people" "He gave his life for his country." In our culture today we need these sweet thoughts and attempts at good feelings, because we are totally devoid of hope. We reduce our humanity to some psychological needs, assured that once we go through the 5 stages of grief we will be able to function normally again.
Christ, in fact, is the only one capable of allowing me to be myself, because he lets me look at my needs in the face, without reducing or suppressing them. So be angry, be sad, suffer and cry, be human - you have the capacity to be human. The mystery became human to give us this chance of being human: to accompany us to our destiny.
Rev. Michael Cairnes,
The Mission of St. Juliana Parish is to grow spiritually, evangelize and serve, united as one family of faith, welcoming and including each person with love.