“[I]f you have recourse to the everlasting and abiding Truth, you will not be grieved when a friend leaves you or dies.” (IC 3,42,1) | “We know that all things work for good for those who love God” (Rom 8:28a)

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis, Book III Chapter XLII: “Peace is not to be Placed in Men” (first entry)

Variation on a recurring theme here ultimately gets back to the idea of placing one’s primary and overwhelming focus on God. Any good earthly relationship is arranged and sustained by God. Nevertheless, one should even withdraw himself from worldly ties to be closer to the Lord. Ultimate peace comes from emptying oneself and drawing nearer and nearer to the Almighty.

|Today’s first reading: Rom 8:28-30

Romans 8:28 is oft-quoted and certainly not an uncommon tagline under many signatures. It is a message of comfort and hope when life does not make sense and the darkness never seems to part. For the faithful who persevere, though, glory will be theirs.

|Reflection

How difficult it is to lose a loved one or close friend to life circumstances or death. In tragic situations it is difficult, if not impossible, to perceive how any good can ever come out of certain events. Yet, we must trust in the Lord who allows evil in order that a greater good can come from it (the verse we are considering is the “go to” Scripture for this truth). Sometimes we are blessed and can look back to see how this has been so. Other times, we may go to our deathbed without ever understanding the calamities of this life. In any case, a deep and abiding faith in our loving Father is required. And, at the end of time, all will be made known by the Lord about the entire plan of salvation.

Man kneeling and praying at coffin, funeral service

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