I just got a call from my parents to tell me that my mom's brother Jeff passed away last night, after a long struggle with cancer.
Over a year ago, through the prayers of the family and others of you, we believe a miracle happened that allowed him to improve without reason, and to be able to be at his daughter's wedding, and, perhaps most important, return to his Catholic faith. I have every reason to hope for his soul, but I ask for your prayers for him, and for his family. A Mass or two would be wonderful, if you can.
I do not think it a coincidence that last night, for no particular reason, I pulled Newman's "Dream of Gerontius" off the shelf and stayed up way past my bedtime reading it.
R. Subveníte, Sancti Dei, occúrrite, Angeli Dómini, Suscipiéntes ániman ejus, Offeréntes eam in conspéctu Altíssimi. Suscípiat te Christus, qui vocávit te, et in sinum Abrahae Angeli dedúcant te. Suscipiéntes ánimam ejus, Offeréntes eam in conspéctu Altíssimi.
V. Réquiem aetérnam dona ei, Dómine, et lux perpétua lúceat ei. Offeréntes eam in conspéctu Altìssimi.
R. Come to his assistance, all you Saints of God: meet him, all you Angels of God: receiving his soul, offering it in the sight of the Most High. May Christ receive you, who hath called you, and may the Angels conduct you to Abraham's bosom. Receiving his soul and offering it in the sight of the Most High.
V. Eternal rest give to him, Lord: and let perpetual light shine upon him. Offering it in the sight of the Most High.
Grant, O God, that while we lament the departure of this Thy servant, we may always remember that we are most certainly to follow him. And give us grace to prepare for that last hour by a good life, that we may not be surprised by a sudden and unprovided death, but be ever watching, that, when Thou callest, we may, with the Bridegroom, enter into eternal glory: through Christ our Lord. Amen.