Friday, March 18, 2011

Sr Cecilia's funeral

Yesterday we had Sr Cecilia's funeral. It was a wonderful experience of faith and hope. At the wake the evening before, the sisters had prepared a truly beautiful slide show of pictures from Sr Cecilia's whole life. It also included a recording she had made shortly before her death, when she knew she was approaching eternity.

She said that even though after death she would no longer be present with us physically, she would be with us spiritually, united in Christ and the Holy Spirit. She added that she wanted to be able to help those she left behind, and encouraged us all to ask her to intercede for all of our special intentions. It reminded me of what St Therese had said, that she wanted to spend her heaven doing good on earth.

Finally, she summed it all up by saying that the most important thing is to love each other. Looking at the imminent end of her life, she commented that everything looks so different when we approach death. Love is the goal, love of God and love of one another. This message was printed on her memorial card: "There are in the end three things that last; faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love" (1 Corinthians, 13:13).

Thank you, Sr Cecilia, for this beautiful legacy of your life, a life so well lived with such a great example of holiness. We will miss you!

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