Phone: 203 742-1450
Fairfield County Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Bridgeport

April 20, 2024

“The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard ‘delay,’ but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
— 1 Peter 3:9

God is patientSo many of us spend our lives worrying about the souls of people we love, hoping they will find God. Just as St. Monica did for her wayward son Augustine. We worry about them, we pray for them, we plead with them … and then they’re gone. And after they’re gone, we continue to worry about them.

There’s something we should always remember in our anxiety over loved ones who have died. Jesus is doing the judging, and that’s a really good thing because Jesus’ mercy is infinite. He’s more merciful than we, in our flawed humanity, can ever imagine. So if you love that person dearly, try to imagine how much more Jesus does, and even that can’t encompass the love he has.

Equally important, Jesus knows the inner heart of each of us. He knows us better than we know ourselves, so he understands what causes us to act the way they do. Just as important, he hears every prayer.

Very often, outward appearances deceive, and we may think our family members and friends go along, day to day, with no concern for God. But we’ll never know the silent prayers they may utter that only God hears. Or how God intervenes at the time of their death to touch their heart.

Jesus died for our sins so that we all might be saved. He offers forgiveness to everyone because he wants them with him for eternity in Heaven. So never lose hope.


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