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Pope Francis to Families Mourning the Loss of a Loved One: Jesus Is With You

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And his love is stronger than death

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis dedicated his June 17th Wednesday general audience in St. Peter’s Square to families who are mourning the loss of a loved one. And he urged clergy and all the Christian faithful to be present with those who mourn.

Here below we publish the official English summary of Pope Francis’ catechesis at today’s Wednesday general audience.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,
 
In our ongoing catechesis on the family, I wish to reflect on one of the more dramatic and painful events that every person, without exception, has to deal with, namely, the death of a family member.  Jesus has compassion on those who mourn, as today’s Scripture reading reminds us, because the death of a loved one is never without pain for families; this is especially true of parents who lose a child. Jesus’ presence with the widow at Na’in assures us that he is with us in our darkest moments and that he is with us in our loss and mourning. Through faith in him, in his Resurrection and his abiding presence, we can face our loss, “the sting of death”, as Saint Paul calls it, make sense of it, and have confidence that death does not have the last word. May we, with Christ-like tenderness and compassion, know how to be close and offer consolation to families suffering the loss of a loved one. Above all, may we always be witnesses to the love which Christ revealed through his cross and resurrection, a love stronger than death. Let us also be grateful for our faith in him, which is the only adequate response to our deepest needs in the face of the death of a loved one.

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