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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Rest In Peace

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Is this a glimpse of what our final destiny with God is all about?....

On this day of All Soul's, I was brought to the realisation that life can certainly be fragile and that we must cherish every moment of it, especially with and among our love ones, friends and acquaintances. We do not know when we would no longer be among the living, for at any moment we can be called away from this realm of existence.

I was suddenly brought to mind concerning an old school mate of mind whom I had never seen in so many years, and was told one day by my other classmate whom I had bumped into, back in Melaka, many years back, that this person had died. He died because he had committed suicide in a fit of depression. I felt utterly at a loss when I first heard that news and felt the force of the tragedy that came with it because of the waste involved and that none of us, as his schoolfriends, were able to be there to help him. Today I remember him in my prayers, along my other love ones who had gone before us.

I remember him so that through this, he could be forgiven and be made available to the vast mercy of God who calls no one away from Him and I remember this friend with hope that together with all the saints and our love ones in heaven, I may one day greet him there as a fellow child of God, that he truly is...

"Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen"
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1 comment:

Playful Elena said...

Fr Aloy,

Your article suddenly reminded me of my friend who committed suicide because of relationship many years ago. Ironically, my close friend announced this bad news to me on the day of her own ROM. I did not know how to react. Such tragedy announced during such happy occasion. But, I felt angry about it as he chose to abandon his parents and loved ones over such small matters. I had failed as a friend to him. Well, I had forgotten to include him in my prayers for the dead yesterday as my mind was preoccupied with my deceased loved one and others. There was another occasion when I realized life can be so fragile and unpredictable. It was when a group of us were celebrating a friend's birthday and my other friend received a call of his father passing on during that celebration. On the next day, the same group of us attended his father's funeral. The emotions were like roller coaster rides.


All Souls' Day is a rich day for me when I can keep in touch with my feelings and feel more like a human. Can't understand these feelings. Maybe, feelings are not meant to be rationalized. I am not sure if the soul of my friend who had committed suicide will ever rest in peace. I don't know where my deceased loved one is now. I think such things are just beyond my control. That is when my faith in the Lord has to come in to give me the hope that I will meet them at the other side when it is my turn to leave this place.

With glimmer of Light within confusion,
Elena

 

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