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“SOME CATHOLIC CHRISTIANS VISIT CEMETERIES FAR TOO OFTEN – ISN’T THAT RATHER MORBID?”

QUESTION:

“Why do some people visit cemeteries so often? I know people who go to the cemetery every week. I can understand people going to clean up the family grave but, if we can pray for our deceased in Church and at home why go to the cemetery? It seems unnecessary and a little morbid to me.

ANSWER:

Apart from looking after and cleaning up the graves of relatives, I think a good reason for all of us to go to the graveyard at least once a year is to honour the memory of our deceased relatives and friends.

Visiting a cemetery also reminds us of our mortality – that one day we too will go to our graves. Finally while we can and do pray for the deceased at Mass and at home, a visit to the grave is a more forceful reminder not to forget to pray for them.
– From St Martin’s Messenger, Ireland.”
This article was published in “Don Bosco’s Madonna” issue November 2013. For subscriptions and donations please visit http://www.donboscosmadonna.org (external link) or http://www.dbmshrine.org (external link).

 
 

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WEEP NO MORE! PRAY INSTEAD AT THE GRAVES OF YOUR DEAD LOVED ONES; IT MAKES THEM HAPPY, AND SO THEY MAY INTERCEDE TO GOD FOR YOU AND YOUR AFFAIRS FROM ON HIGH

THEY SEE WHAT WE CAN ONLY HOPE FOR

THE OBJECT OF LIFE

“They sleep below, in the cold ground, your beloved dead. May they rest in peace! What! the mere thought of those who are dear to you causes you sadness? Oh! weep no more; they sleep in the Lord; they rest in the shadow of His cross; they see what we can only hope for. How happy they are!

Pray above their tombs, in order that they may intercede from on high in your favour; pray; for nothing rejoices these dear absent ones like the perfume of your prayers, mounting to the throne of God.

Meditate above their graves, and you will recognise the insignificance of temporal things, you will understand at last that Heaven should be the one goal of our lives, and that our unceasing occupation should be to amass treasures for eternity.”
– Lacordaire

 
 

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A SHORT EXTRACT OF ST ANTHONY’S PREACHING ON REASONS OF SOME ILLNESSES AND THE CALL FOR SANCTIFICATION TO THE SUFFERER AND/OR HIS LOVED ONES ON HIS BEHALF

“‘And, behold, they brought to him one sick of the palsy lying in a bed. And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the man sick of the palsy: Be of good heart, son. Thy sins are forgiven thee’ (Mt 9:2).

As the Gloss says, sometimes illness is a result of sins, and so they must be forgiven first, so that health may be restored. Illnesses happen in five ways: first, so that the just may increase their merits by patience, like Job; or to preserve their virtue, lest pride tempt them, like Paul; or to correct their sins, as the leprosy to Mary, Moses’ sister, and like this paralytic; or for God’s glory, as with the man born blind, and Lazarus; or as a beginning of eternal punishment, as with Herod, that he might see here what would follow in hell. So Jeremiah says, ‘With a double destruction destroy them, Lord (Jer 17:18)… ‘Putting away lying, speak ye the truth, every man with his neighbour; for we are members one of another. Be angry, and sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger. Give not place to the devil’ (Eph 4:25-27).

[SPIRITUAL REMEDIES: VIRTUES]

…there are four virtues that carry the paralysed soul to Jesus, humility, poverty, patience and obedience; by which we put away the four things spoken of by the Apostle. By humility, we put away the lying of pride or vainglory, which lies by claiming to be something, whereas it is nothing. Lying is deceiving another’s mind. ‘Speak ye the truth’, by love of poverty. Why is it that nowadays almost everyone speaks falsely to his neighbour, if not from avarice? This is what divides from one another those who should be members of Christ. ‘Be angry’ with yourselves, by repentance, ‘and sin not’. The angry man [other than being angry with oneself alone] thinks evil, and so the devil gets into him, to perform evil deeds. Patience is necessary, to drive out anger. Alternatively, ‘Be angry’ means, show such vehement indignation towards yourselves that you desist from sin. Let not the sun which is Christ set, by deserting your mind. He is obscured from us by anger, as by a mountain standing in the way. Here, then, is why the Apostle invites us to have patience. He also invites us to obedience, saying, ‘Give not place to the devil’. When the first man [Adam] fell into disobedience, he gave place to the devil. You must obey, because obedience shuts out the devil, and he cannot get into the soul.

[PRAYER]

We ask you, then, Lord Jesus Christ, to put away the lying of our pride; to drive out our avarice by poverty; to break our anger with patience; and to crush our disobedience by the obedience of your Passion. By this, may we be presented to you, and receive the forgiveness of our sins; and be made fit to rejoice with you for ever. Grant this, you who are blessed for ever and ever. Amen.”

 

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