Why is it so hard to say goodbye to those who pass? Knowing that they are now in eternal rest, we are left here without them. I had to say goodbye to a wonderful man today. One who my husband and I met 16years ago when we went through the RCIA process together. He was such a wonderful example as to how to live life. He made everyone feel so special. When I finally waited out the crowd to say hello to his widow, she said "He loved people so much!" He did and people loved him so much. Our priest gave the most beautiful homily on living life. We should keep people like Bill alive by living by his example. Just as we are to live like the saints did. Just by living the day to day life well. We may not have to become martyrs or physically live through trials like some have before us, but when we do have our struggles and difficulties, let us be able to say "I can do this only because I have a wonderful example from which to pull strength from." Thank you God for the gift of my friend whom I feel privileged to have known these past 16 years. He was always smiling and always at peace and truly a gift to all who knew him. I will miss you Bill!!!
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.