Anniversary of the death of my father.

Requiem Mass in spite of my confidence that our Lord had long since granted him entry into his holy Paradise. This commemoration is a duty, which does not mean that I wait for this anniversary day to discharge myself of the duty of prayer for my father.

Every day at Mass I do this for him and for all those who have a right to my remembrance and to my gratitude.

Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 10 October 1842, EO XXI

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  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    While this morning’s brief entry by Eugene to his diary speaks of the anniversary of his father’s death it opens a door for me to look at how I remember and express gratitude for those who have been a part of my life; those I loved greatly and those I have struggled with.

    While some are remembered with great love and gratitude there are others that I have not always remembered to thank God for allowing them to be a part of my life. In looking at this I realise that I have relegated the latter to a small hidden corner of my heart – not out of hate but so that I have not had to look to closely at them.

    And I suppose I must also give thanks for these moments: they are not what I would have asked for this Friday morning. I think of how I have so easily given thanks to God for some and have neglected to barely think of others. Did I hate them? I ask myself. Do I think of them as consigned to hell and so not worthy of remembrance let along gratitude?

    Perhaps it is time for me to let go of that which I have been holding on to and allow forgiveness to enter that hidden space in my heart where I have relegated those who hurt me to reside. Perhaps it is time to allow the light of love, real love to open the darkness. For I realise in looking at those I have relegated to that place are loved – just by God but also by myself. I have allowed hurt to take over; but If I let go of the dark, I will be able to forgive and give thanks.

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