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Topic: Discern (08/12/10)
TITLE: God Grant Me the Grace to Discern
By Barbara Mahler
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Almost a year ago I attended the wake and funeral of my aunt. Helen was the mother of nine children – cousins with whom I spent a great deal of time during my childhood. The funeral Mass celebrant shared that he has no doubt that Helen is with her God. He recalled the tears she shed when her first born child died at 26 of burns sustained in a horrific car accident when her life as a newly-wed and registered nurse had just begun. “But,” he said, “Helen did not blame God.” “Instead…,” he continued, struggling to choke back his own tears, “she came here to her parish church on a daily basis while working at St. Joseph’s Home for the Blind. She loved it!” he said. He went on to speak of Helen’s love – love for children, family and those she served and worked with.
Needless to say I remember even now and my tears still flow freely. But more profoundly, the gospel message read that day (John 15:9, 12) “live on in My love,” which my beloved aunt discerned and chose to make part of her life resounds in my ears and gives me strength.
God grant me the grace to discern and live on in Your love.
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