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"Through faith we know that Jesus is at work among us even though we can't see it or measure it. Your child now sees and knows the mystery we are unable to find words for. And, we too someday will also know. These burdens we carry will someday fall from our shoulders, and we will know for certain the everlasting life that Jesus died to win for us. Holding onto that reality, no matter how far off it may seem, gives us the strength to carry on, if just for one more day."
"Death can come in many forms. It can come as a thief, robbing us of life unexpectedly. Or, Death can come as a friend, as relief after a long illness or extended period of suffering. Pain, suffering and disease are part of the human experience. They are something all people have in common no matter where or when they live. And, while they make life extremely difficult, pain and suffering can also make death easier. Pain and suffering help us to accept the inevitability of death, and finally to accept death itself."
"We are gathered here to confront the most tragic of circumstances which any family can be asked to face. Before something so senseless, it is natural that many thoughts crowd your mind and conflicting emotions choke your heart. It will take months, and maybe years, to sort through them all and to come to some kind of peace."
"When we experience a sudden loss, we are robbed of so much more than a husband/wife, father/mother and friend. An unexpected loss also robs us of our sense of security, our plans for the future and even our joy in life. The fears and emotions your are feeling today are natural to those who lose a loved one so unexpectedly. It is natural to ask "why him/her?", "why me?" and "why now?". After such a shocking loss, it is natural for life to seem without direction and even without purpose."
"God's passion for justice is so fierce because he identifies so completely with those who are weak and powerless. God identifies with you who have suffered such a devastating loss. We cannot understand what you are going through, but there is someone who does. Jesus knows your pain. Jesus was himself a murder victim."
"Love is something that never dies. No one can ever take love away from us. Death might rob us of the physical presence of the person. Death might make us unable to see him/her, to touch him/her or to speak with him/her. But, death can never rob us of the love we have for that person. Love survives death. That is a truth that we know in our hearts. You have not stopped loving your mother/father. She/He has not stopped loving you."
"Though today is a day to remember N., funerals are not really for the dead, but for the living who stay behind. It is an opportunity for us who are living to face the reality of death with the optimism of faith. While we continue to pray for N's soul, the best way to honor his/her memory is to follow his/her example and prepare ourselves to meet our Maker on our last day."
"Today we gather to honor a man who never failed to call us to be saints. We have lost a brother and a friend. We have lost a confessor, a spiritual director and a preacher. But we have gained an intercessor, an advocate for us at the throne of grace. And we can never lose the example of fervor, holiness and humility he left for us. "
"We know from our own lives and our own experience that people are spiritual at different times in their lives and in different ways. Some people from the time that they are young feel drawn to reading the Bible and going to church. For others, it takes a while for the desire to know Jesus to come to the forefront of their thoughts. For still others, spirituality and religion seem a far-off concern. "
Those of us who have known soldiers or been soldiers ourselves can understand how they can be such holy men. They are dedicated to serving others. They are willing to set aside their own plans for the future to protect the freedoms of their country. They have a strong sense of duty toward the weak and vulnerable. They come face-to-face with all types of horrors and yet continue to believe that the world is good. But most importantly, like Jesus, they are willing to lay down their lives for their sisters and brothers.