20 Feb 2012

Transformation of Family

"A family doesn't disappear, it is transformed. A part of it enters into the invisible.

One thinks that death is an absence, when in fact it is a secret presence. One thinks that it creates an infinite distance, when in fact it abolishes distance completely by raising to the spirit that which was flesh.

The more beings who have departed the family circle, the more heavenly connections for those left behind. Heaven is then no longer inhabited by angels, unfamiliar saints and a mysterious God; it becomes familiar.

It is now the family home - the home at its upper level, one could say, and, from top to bottom, memories, prayers and assistance respond each other."

(Meditation by Fr Sertilange)

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