Open the Door to Them
 

They are dead, but they live

 

They are dead, but they live, those who have left us for a better world; they are dead to the earth, but they live higher, closer to you, Lord.

 

They are dead, but they live. They died in their bodies, but not in their minds; what makes their person and the bottom of their heart, remains forever.

 

They are dead, but they live. They will live more in the resurrection, but already now they live a life that surpasses our own.

 

They are dead, but they live. They have found in you the gushing spring, which will not dry up anymore, and which will flourish all their energies.

 

They are dead, but they live. They live from love, from their love for you, from their love for all; they only love, and their lives are filled.

    

 

They are closer to us

 

They are nearer to us since they have gone to your home, Father. They have found in you a higher love that makes them take part in all our lives.

 

They are closer to us, for they can see us, those who are invisible, with a new glance filled with your light, which joins us everywhere and follows us step by step.

 

They are closer to us, those who seem to be silent, and hear nothing more; they listen to our hearts to gather our desires and present them in a sheaf of prayer.

 

They are closer to us; we can not feel all their sympathy, but it is efficacious and faithful at all times; they accompany us by leading us towards you.

 

They are closer to us, those who have left us for a better world. They want to share what makes them happy; they awaken in us the ardor of hope.

 

My last desire

 

My last desire, what will it be, Lord? When you come to take me, to make me pass from this terrestrial life to another existence, what will be the last movement of my heart, the last gleam, which will light up in my exhausted eyes before our meeting?

 

I wish it to be a craving for you, a desire so ardent ... Let it be an eager and ideal response to your own desire to take possession of my whole person for an endless union ...

 

But I also would not have to wait until the very last moment so that this great desire takes hold of myself and carries me towards you. It is a landed desire which should nourish itself on all my days, to deepen and cement the strengths of my heart.

Strengthen our Faith - John 11, 20-27:

 

In the face of the death which suddenly hollows out a void, strengthens our Faith.

Make us believe, Lord, in the hereafter, the one you promised us.

 

When mourning is cruel and tears our souls, strengthens our Faith

So that we may transform into a generous offering the pain that strikes us.

 

When solitude assails our heart, strengthens our faith;

Let us realize that those who have gone live very close to us.

 

When the difficulties make us dread the future, strengthens our Faith in your faithful and ever vigilant love that drives our lives.

 

When we feel overwhelmed with sadness, strengthen our Faith

In the immense happiness offered to loved ones whose we mourn the absence.

 

 

They will rise again - John 11: 1-44:

 

They will rise again, - those whose we have seen an immobile body, cold,

And the bloodless face, powerless to respond to our look of love.

 

They will rise again - in their corrupting flesh carried away by death

And destined to live in its fragility an eternal life.

 

They will rise again - and nothing that made the Christian nobility

From their bodies become temple of the Holy Spirit will never be lost.

 

They will rise again; - their flesh that suffered and was crucified

As yours, Christ, will enjoy the triumph of your Resurrection.

 

They will rise again; - they will take back the body they have abandoned,

And they will find their being in fullness for a perfect happiness.

 

 

 

We shall see them again.

 

We shall one day see again those who have left us, because the separation is not final, and the greatest farewells are but a good-bye; no link is broken.

 

We will one day see those who have gone to prepare the place for us, and who watch over us with solicitude: impatient, they wait for us to join them.

 

We shall see again all those whom we have loved, whose affection we have not forgotten,

all those whose face has imprinted his features in the depths of our heart.

 

We shall see them all again: the wound caused by their disappearance will be healed;

the joy of seeing them again will be all the more lively as mourning was painful.

 

We shall see them all again in perfect happiness, and even more than us, you will rejoice,

Father, to unite your children forever in your one love.

 

Revelation 7: 9-17

 

 

 

Contact with them:

 

Lord, you know our desire to keep in touch or to reconnect

with those whom death has separated from us and made invisible.

 

And you know better than we, how our desire can be realized,

by what means to enter into communication with our dear departed.

 

The only way is you: it is you who receive them at the departure of this world,

and which forms the bond which still connects them to the world of the earth.

 

Through you we can therefore join them at all times; we can talk to them

and receive their assistance in response to requests from us.

 

It is you who invite us to talk with them, simply,

to continue with them a secret dialogue, full of our affection.

 

You hold them near us; they are accessible to us and always available,

you have taken them back to favor our union with them. 

 

 

The ones you fed:

 

Those whom you have nourished in your Eucharist have life forever;

Whoever eats your flesh, you have promised, Lord, this eternal Life.

 

How many times our dead had taken part in the meal you have offered us;

that at mass they have been able to receive the communion, to receive your body!

 

Since you have given yourself to them as a food, feed them now

giving you to them so that they may possess you in the heavenly vision.

 

Since you had placed eternity in them at each communion,

Make it appear in them in all its light, in its final glory.

 

Since you had made them taste the humble joy of your obscure presence,

let them enjoy the splendid happiness of your intimacy!

 

 

May [mom / father] enter into the Life which has engulfed all that is dead within her/him.

May the Glory of God shine in her/him!

 

Amen!

 

 

Luke 22, 39-46

 

Luke 23, 33-34, 39-43, 44-46.

 

Luke 15: 11-24

 

Luke 7: 36-50; 11-17

 

Luke 10: 25-37; 21-24

 

Luke 14: 12-14

 

Luke 6: 20-23;

 

Luke 12: 16-21; 35-44;

 

Luke 17: 11-18

 

 

 

 

The Heaven is not that far!

 

The heaven is not so far away, despite our impression of infinite distance.

We believe him to be distant; it is much closer than we imagine.

 

The heaven is not so far, since you promised, Jesus, to the Good Thief

the heaven for the very day, and that he entered into as soon as he died on the cross.

 

Heaven is not so far away, and no one knows if it is separated from it

by more than a minute: you can suddenly come and take us out of the world.

 

Heaven is not so far away; how wrong we would be to enclose our thoughts,

desires and ambitions, in our earthly life with narrow horizons!

 

The heaven is not that far. We must look in this direction

 where all our future, an endless future, will come true.

 

 

Luke 23: 42-43; John 14: 1-3; Matthew 5: 1-12; Revelation 21: 1-6

 

 

 

We thank you

 

Those who have left us have received from your hand,

Father with a generous heart, with so many benefits.

Thou hast poured out upon them thy attentions and thy graces.

We thank you.

 

For all the years you have given them,

for their lives, their health, their labor power,

their talents of all kinds and their activities,

We thank you.

 

For so many qualities of which you have given them,

qualities of the mind and qualities of the heart,

who have valued their personality,

We thank you.

 

For the support offered at the time of the difficulties,

for gifts of courage and fidelity,

and for all the joys that succeeded the sorrows,

We thank you.

 

For the growth within them of the life of grace,

from baptism to death, for their faith, their love,

for what has led towards you their hope,

We thank you.

 

 

The Heaven is not that far!

 

The heaven is not so far away, despite our impression of infinite distance.

We believe him to be distant; it is much closer than we imagine.

 

The heaven is not so far, since you promised, Jesus, to the Good Thief

the heaven for the very day, and that he entered into as soon as he died on the cross.

 

Heaven is not so far away, and no one knows if it is separated from it

by more than a minute: you can suddenly come and take us out of the world.

 

Heaven is not so far away; how wrong we would be to enclose our thoughts,

desires and ambitions, in our earthly life with narrow horizons!

 

The heaven is not that far. We must look in this direction

 where all our future, an endless future, will come true.

 

 

Luke 23: 42-43; John 14: 1-3; Matthew 5: 1-12; Revelation 21: 1-6

 

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