I just received news that another of our priests in the Diocese of Birmingham has passed away. This is the third in as many months – two diocesan priests and one religious order priest, all of whom had been actively serving at the time of their death or up until a short time before it.
With today, December 17th, we begin reciting the famous “O Antiphons” each evening in the Liturgy of the Hours, during the prayer of Vespers. Perhaps it is worth our considering today’s antiphon, in light of this sad news that I received a short time ago: “O Wisdom, who came from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly: come, and teach us the way of prudence.” It is hard for us to come to grips with the reality of death, but let us at least be reminded of the fact that God does all things well and in a most orderly way; everything and everyone is within his grasp and all things are governed by his wisdom.
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.