One day last week, while at Sevenhill at the Jesuit retreat house, I visited the crypt underneath St Aloysius church.
Here are buried several Jesuits starting from the eighteen-hundreds. Some of the most recently buried over the last 40 years or so I had personally known.
I said a prayer for them and asked them to pray for me reflecting as I did on the mystery of the communion of saints.
I then proceeded to the larger cemetery on the property where so many other people are buried, again spanning the same length of time.
People of all ages from babies who died at birth to very old people. So many stories! Such and such died as a result of an accident, such and such a devoted husband, son and father, etc.
I have prayed in this cemetery over so many years and it always touches deep emotions within me.
The words of the song ‘forever young’ kept singing within me and resonating.
Dominating the middle of the cemetery is a very large stone cross.
On the grave of Franz Weikert, leader of the German pioneer group who settled Sevenhill with the Jesuits, are written the words: ‘Here a waiting for Resurrection etc’
The cross and Resurrection go together.
We spend so much time on what is not important, we chase so many illusions, we do often ‘sweat the small stuff’!
We do often want a quick fix and instant solutions.
St Paul tells us that there are three things that last, Faith Hope and Love, and the greatest is Love!