From Evangelium Vitae (65, 97):
“The work of education cannot avoid a consideration of suffering and death. These are a part of human existence, and it is futile, not to say misleading, to try to hide them or ignore them. On the contrary, people must be helped to understand their profound mystery in all its harsh reality. Even pain and suffering have meaning and value when they are experienced in close connection with love received and given. In this regard, I have called for the yearly celebration of the World Day of the Sick, emphasizing the salvific nature of the offering up of suffering which, experienced in communion with Christ, belongs to the very essence of the Redemption. Death itself is anything but an event without hope. It is the door which opens wide on eternity and, for those who live in Christ, an experience of participation in the mystery of his Death and Resurrection."
Lord Jesus Christ,
As You stood by the bed of good Saint Joseph and gently led him home to heaven, so shepherd every soul about to die to a paradise of perfect peace. Let the tears we shed upon their passing stand witness to our love for them and the depth of our thanksgiving for the gift of their lives and the grace of a good death. For You are Lord, forever and ever. Amen.
On the 2nd Saturday of every month St. Edward's Prayer and Presence Ministry visits St. Anthony's Nursing Home 6001 Airline Dr, Metairie. They pray for and visit with approximately 20 residents who have been identified as those who do not get many visitors. Please consider joining them in this beautiful work! If you have any questions, please contact Yvette at 504-874-9225.
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