Sister Death

SISTER DEATH*

I was at the Necrological Service last night in honor of my ―everyone’s― beloved friend, Lorraine Villanueva.  We were given an estampita ―“bookmark”― with Lorraine’s photo on it, a prayer, and the following on the reverse side:

SAFELY HOME

I am home in Heaven, dear ones;

Oh, so happy and so bright!

There is perfect joy and beauty

In this everlasting light.

All the pain and grief is over,

Every restless tossing passed;

I am now at peace forever,

Safely home in Heaven at last.

Did you wonder I so calmly

Trod the valley of the shade?

Oh! But Jesus’ love illumined

Every dark and fearful glade.

And He came Himself to meet me

In that way so hard to tread;

And with Jesus’ arm to lean on,

Could I have one doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely,

For I love you dearly still;

Try to look beyond earth’s shadows,

Pray to trust our Father’s Will.

There is work still waiting for you,

So you must not idly stand;

Do it now, while life remaineth,

You shall rest in Jesus’ land.

When that work is all completed,

He will gently call you Home;

Oh! the rapture of that meeting!

Oh! the joy to see you come!

—O—O—O—O—O—O—

Then I thought to myself: “I wish something similar could be done during my wake”.  😉  Hmm…

—O—O—O—O—O—O—

Estas estrofas vienen de mi amigo Juan León Reiriz Paz, que cada vez pone cosas maravillosas en mi muro en FB…

1.- Tú nos dijiste que la muerte
no es el final del camino,
que aunque morimos o somos
carne de un ciego destino.
Tú nos hiciste, tuyos somos,
nuestro destino es vivir
siendo felices contigo
sin padecer ni morir.

2.- Cuando la pena nos alcanza
por el hermano perdido,
cuando el adiós dolorido
busca en la fe su esperanza.
En tu palabra confiamos
con la certeza de que Tú
ya le has devuelto a la vida,
ya le has llevado a la luz.

3.- Cuando, Señor, resucitaste
todos vencimos contigo,
nos regalaste la vida
como en Betania al amigo.
Si caminamos a tu lado
no va a faltarnos tu amor,
porque muriendo vivimos
vida más clara y mejor.

4.- Despidamos todos juntos al hermano
y elevemos en su honor una oración;
despidamos todos juntos al hermano
y entonemos la victoria del Señor,
entonemos la victoria.

CRISTO TE DA LA VIDA
Y TE RECIBA EN SU AMISTAD.

5.- Tu familia y amistades hoy presentes
te desean que descanses junto a Dios;
tu familia y amistades hoy presentes
te despiden y te cantan el adiós:
hasta pronto, hasta el cielo.

6.- Oración española por un soldado caído

Cuando la pena nos alcanza,
del compañero perdido.
Cuando el adiós dolorido,
busca en la fe su esperanza.
En tu palabra confiamos
con la certeza que Tú
ya le has devuelto a la vida,
ya le has llevado a la luz.
Ya le has devuelto a la vida,
ya le has llevado a la luz.

—O—O—O—O—O—O—

* “Sister Death”

“Don’t be afraid of death. Accept it from now on, generously…when God wills it, where God wills it, as God wills it. Don’t doubt what I say: it will come in the moment, in the place and in the way that are best—sent by your Father God. Welcome be our sister death.” (St. Josemaría Escrivá, The Way, 739)

We praise You, Lord, for Sister Death,
from whom no one living can escape.
Woe to those who die in their sins!
Blessed are those that She finds doing Your Will.
No second death can do them harm.

We praise and bless You, Lord,
and give You thanks, and serve You in all humility.

(from Canticle of the Sun, by St. Francis of Assisi)

😉  😉  😉

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