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Just a grain of wheat!

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“Life is changed, not ended”: Remembering our faithful departed

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November comes between the rejoicing of the harvest and the short, dark days of winter. It is a time when people focus on death and the dead. Have just celebrated the feasts of All Saints and All Souls, we profess our solidarity with the saints and ancestors; with those on whose shoulders we stand. All of this helps us grow in readiness to acknowledge, with St. Francis, that death is a sister to us, another of God’s servant:

We praise You, Lord, for Sister Death,
from whom no-one living can escape….
Blessed are those that she finds doing Your Will.
No second death can do them harm.

 - St. Francis of Assisi, “Canticle of the Sun”

Yesterday we went to the graveyard in Maynooth for communal prayers for the faithful departed. In this graveyard, we have our two sisters, Sr. Marie Paul O' Brien and Sr. Constance Tresham. Beside Sr. Constance, our Pauline brother, Fr. Vincent Saletti is buried. We have other plots there where one day we too will have our earthly resting place. There is somet…