Tuesday, September 8, 2009

When I Die

The funeral of Ted Kennedy and some other things that have happened in my life recently have made me stop and think. So I write this to my family, friends, and all those who care about me. Please, please, when I die, do not canonize me! Pray for me. I will, at that time, more than ever, need your prayers. If, by some stretch of the imagination, you imagine me to be a new saint in heaven on that day I pray to God you will stop and reflect on what I am telling you now. It is not true! You don't know that! I am not calling myself a monster. I am not suggesting that I have done horrible things, that there are skeletons hiding in my closet. But I am not a saint. I will need prayers. And on the day I die the worst possible betrayal that anybody could come up with is to assume that I am in heaven. Instead, pray with all your heart that I might be. Offer up that one last prayer, sacrifice, or mass that I might get that one last grace that I needed to slip through the door. Who knows? Maybe it will be that one last Hail Mary or Miserere that you pray for me that helps me retroactively to avoid mortal sin and die in a state of grace.

Kennedy's Funeral

So, the Cardinal of Boston has been getting some flak for attending the funeral of Ted Kennedy. I read his defense and justification for participating in this public spectacle. This whole situation makes me stop and think. What is going through someone's head when they get themselves into such a situation? Was he thinking, "What could I possibly do in this situation to promote the truth, the Catholic position, and advocate as effectively as possible for that position?"

The Cardinal's blog speaks for itself. Even just looking at the pictures you can tell that this funeral had a lot of politics behind it. Look and the wealth. Look at the star-studded event.

I don't think it would hurt if the Cardinal were to reflect more carefully on the implications of his actions before hand. The Kennedy funeral is not the first time this the Archdiocese of Boston has demonstrated a lack of zeal on behalf of the unborn and Catholic teaching. The last time the Archdiocese of Boston came to my attention it was working on merging its health care facilities with a group that supports abortion and contraception. http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/jun/09061005.html

Maybe next time there is an opportunity to advocate on behalf of the poorest and most defenseless in our society the Archdiocese of Boston will take that opportunity seriously. I pray to the Lord that it will.

Here is another very good article on this funeral. http://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/articles.cfm?id=342