In daily life most of occasionally remember the passing of a loved with a visit to the cemetery, saying a prayer for the peaceful repose of the soul, perhaps having a Mass offered for the loved. These are normal Catholic practices in remembering the dead. But when you are a pope similar things happen, but just like with loved ones, there comes a point that we just don’t actively remember anymore. Do we actively remember the dead? In my family, I think I am the only one to keep the memory of loved ones known, and try to beg God for mercy on the dead. This is a sad stage in our the evolving of our society.
Today happens to be anniversary of death that I am recalling, four people from widely different backgrounds and vocations:
- Blessed Pope John XXIII‘s 50 years since his death
- Aunt Helen, 2002
- Dom Basil Pennington, OCSO, monk, abbot, and author, Spencer, MA, 2005
- Father Raghed Ganni and 3 subdeacons killed in Mosul, Iraq, 2007