Monday, December 17, 2018

The Suicide Sermon

This is represented to be the sermon preached in the case of an 18-year-old suicide in Michigan.

It did not meet the desires of the Mommy or Daddy of the suicide, who were looking for a lot more ObamaRainbowsPixieDust and a lot less doctrine.

Even then, this can hardly be considered Mean or Cruel.  Except by a hysterical Mommy who missed every single Catholic Doctrine class ever given and caused her husband to make a fool of himself during Mass.

My heart goes out to you, Mr. & Mrs. [REDACTED], and to you [REDACTED]'s siblings [REDACTED], to Grandma [REDACTED] [REDACATED]'s many aunts & uncles & cousins. 

It is with great difficulty that I stand before you knowing the pain and anguish you are going through. But I am aware, as well, that I am only a humble, unworthy mouthpiece. I ask God to use my words to bring the light, comfort and healing you need. Is there any hope to offer in this moment? Must we
only speak of our profound grief, our indescribable sorrow, even our anger and confusion at how such
a thing could have happened? Is there any word from God that might break into our darkness like a ray of light? Yes, yes, a thousand times. 

If we Christians are right in believing that salvation belongs to Jesus Christ, that it does not come from us--and that our hand cannot stop what God allows for us, then yes, there is hope in eternity even for those who take their own lives.

Having said that, I think that we must not call what is bad good, what is wrong
right. Because we are Christians, we must say what we know is the truth –that taking
your own life is against God who made us and against everyone who loves us.
Our lives are not our own. They are not ours to do with as we please.God gave us life, and
we are to be good stewards of that gift for as long as God permits.The finality of suicide makes this all the worse. You cannot make things right again. Neither can [REDACTED].
(PDF plays havoc with Blogger.  Read the rest at the link.)

Frankly, that sermon is jam-packed with sympathy and encouragement.  Kudos to Fr. LaCuesta!!

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