“The souls of the just are in the hands of God.” These beautiful words from the Book of Wisdom in the Old Testament assure us that our loved ones have received their eternal reward – they are now in God’s loving care.
It is comforting to remember this scripture passage when I think of two very special Oblates who were welcomed into heaven this past year. Bishop Paul Duffy, O.M.I. and Bro. Paul Hoemeke, O.M.I. were two dedicated Oblates whom God called home.
The personalities and ministries of Bp. Duffy and Bro. Paul were very different. Bishop Duffy was a high-profile advocate for the poor in Africa. Brother Paul was a low-key overseer of all things having to do with buildings. But both men were exceptional Oblates and wonderful human beings. I find peace knowing that they are now in the hands of our loving God.
When someone you care about is experiencing the grief and sadness that accompanies the death of a loved one, you can comfort them with the assurance that “the souls of the just are in the hands of God.” Just follow these simple steps:
- Send them an Oblate Sympathy card. Their loved one will be remembered at Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. The cards also promise that a Votive Candle will be lit at the Shrine.
- I have also included several Gifts of Comfort for you to choose from. These devotional items might help a loved one find peace in times of grief, or you may choose to keep them for yourself to help you find serenity in your daily life.
- You can have the name of the deceased placed on our Sympathy Prayer Chain where they will be remembered in prayer by the Missionary Oblates and our friends around the world.
- Your donations will allow the Missionary Oblates to continue our ministries throughout the world – comforting the sick, feeding the malnourished and educating poor and neglected people.
I pray that these special cards and gifts will help your loved ones through the grieving
process. God is with us through it all. May He bless you today and every day.
In Jesus Christ and Mary Immaculate,
Fr. John Madigan, O.M.I.
Oblate Chaplain Director