For me, obituaries make interesting reading and I read them a lot these days.
I’m more inclined to read about the lives of everyday people rather than the notable big names. I have come to notice the everyday folks are always mentioned to have had their loved ones surrounding them as they died. I don’t read that as much in the notables.
Farewells to dying friends and loved ones can be especially difficult, but I wonder if families find any consolation in Jesus’ words today when he says he is eager to embrace death because it means a source of life for loved ones left behind. Following Jesus involves a lot of leaving things behind, but also means greeting him as we enter into eternal life.
What do Jesus’s words today mean to you?
Lord, we pray for grieving families, that they may find comfort in your embrace and peace in your love.
About Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C.
Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. is Chaplain at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA. Before coming to Holy Cross Family Ministries he served as a teacher and a parish priest. He also served for six years as a General Assistant of the Congregation in Rome, Italy. Originally from Fall River, MA, Father Leo grew up with eight siblings. Gifted with several languages, he is able to serve the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian communities. When he's not greeting everyone who comes to the Father Peyton Center, you can find him regularly reading newspapers!