Bury the Dead: 7th Corporal Work of Mercy – Sep 27 – Homily – Fr Terrance

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Fr Terrance gives the homily at Bloomington, IN, on Sep 27, 2022, on the seventh corporal work of mercy, the duty to bury the dead, and how this is part of respecting the human body. This continues his series on the works of mercy.

Tobit and Raphel Tobit 1: 16-18 - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/tobit/1?16

Angel Raphael was with him - Tobit 12: 12 - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/tobit/12?12

Mocked neighbors Tobit 2: 7 - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/tobit/2?7

Mary of Agreda, we should remember our impending death and judgment

Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus buried Jesus, which gave is the shroud of Turin

Gen 2: 7 God formed man from dust  - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/genesis/2?7

Eccl 12: 7 souls returned to dust - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/ecclesiastes/12?7

animals skins, the earth will be our final covering Gen 3:19 - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/genesis/3?19

It was not God's choice but our Adams and Eve sin

Based on obedience

St Elizabeth Seton We all depend on Jess redeeming death

Burring is part of respect for the body  Gen 1: 31 - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/genesis/1?31

Relics are a sign that the body has value

1 cor 6: 19 Our bodies are temples of God - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/1corinthians/6?19

Death is the separation of the soul from the body, but a reunion with God

Buring the dead looks toward resurrection

We call places of burial cemeteries (resting places), not Necropolises (cities of the dead) as did the pagans

John 11: 12-13 Rest in death - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/john/11?12

Aloysius Gonzaga was amazed by the size of the reward, given the small effort required

Cremation is not encouraged but is allowed but must be buried properly - CDF document -  Ad resurgendum cum Christo - https://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20160815_ad-resurgendum-cum-christo_en.html

Claude de la Columbier, when doubts arise, will cast them into the fire of God's mercy

St Francis de Sales - contemplate the reception we will have in heaven

St Maximilian Kolbe - if we are able to say we have consecrated ourselves to Mary, we will be happy

Playlist, Works of Mercy, by Fr. Terrance on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1AVkZz-w8g&list=PLejh_e0-LN4wQxZdmm4kZudGz2tzbteGs

Corporal works of mercy - Mat 25: 31-46 - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/matthew/25?31

Ave Maria!

Mass: St. Vincent de Paul - Mem
Readings: Tuesday in the 26th Week in Ordinary Time - http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092722.cfm
1st: job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23
Resp: psa 88:2-8
Gsp: luk 9:51-56

More on the Readings: https://airmaria.com/r?m=1162&r=955

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