First, I apologize for not having posted anything for almost a week. The Vocation Office has been busy and that is great. I've been planning some major trips to visit with many who are contemplating joining us. Believe me, a busy Vocation Office is a great thing.
Second, yesterday some of us joined one of the friars to bury his sister. She died rather unexpectedly last Saturday. So some of us friars joined the family in the funeral Liturgy at one of the local parish churches. I couldn't help but think as I was sitting in church before Mass, how Saint Francis view death as a "sister." In his Canticle of the Creatures he praises "Sister Death" right along with all of the other parts of creation. We believe that it is through death that we are born to eternity. So, while we certainly have a natural fear of death, Jesus has turned it into something positive by conquering death as the absolute end of life and making it a passage to new life. And that is something to sing about!
All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Death,
From whose embrace no mortal can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
Happy those she finds doing your will!
The second death can do them no harm.
Praise and bless my Lord, and give him thanks
And serve him with great humility.